" />

Enjoy Free popular family programs for active or retired military families


Let us thank you for your military service with a weekend of free programs just for you! Join us for any or all of these programs.

Fontenelle Forest is proud to be located in Bellevue, a vibrant military community. To thank our neighbors near and far, we are celebrating Military Family Weekend at the Forest August 26 and 27 with activities, food, and music.

Military Family Weekend is part of Fontenelle Forest’s larger participation in Blue Star Museums, where active military families receive free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, military veterans with identification will receive free admission on August 26 and 27.

Throughout this special weekend, all military families will receive $10 off a family membership to Fontenelle Forest, so these important, active families can enjoy their downtime in the quiet wild of nature year round!

From yoga and canoeing to guided hikes and up-close encounters with owls, falcons and other birds of prey, Fontenelle Forest is bringing its most popular programs to the local military community.

Below is a list of events. Keep in mind, highlighted events require registration.


9 a.m. – Dirt Time at the Wetlands
Take a hike and search for animal tracks

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Raptors…Live!
See Raptors up close and personal

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Special Saturday Mud Pies
Come learn, play, and create at this special edition
of one of our most popular programs

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Raptor Refuge Tours
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Lunch
Free for Military Families

12 – 2 p.m. – Live Music on Dennis Plaza
From Ground Zero Military Band

12:15 p.m. – Guided Family Hike
Discover the early signs of fall

1:30 – 3 p.m. – Ice Cream
From Coneflower Creamery

8 – 10 p.m. – Campfire at Camp Brewster
Sit by the campfire, eat s’mores, and enjoy stories and live animals from the Forest. Registration required.


9 – 10:30 a.m. – Yoga in the Forest

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Canoe the Great Marsh
Registration is required for this fun family adventure

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. – Critter Encounter
See live animals up close at the Nature Center

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Kids Pollinator Puppets Crafts

1-2 p.m. – Butterfly Walk at Camp Brewster
See the unique creatures that visit our Forest

Fontenelle Forest is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit.

Make a tax deductible donation NOW

Skip to content