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January 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until May 24, 2022

Mudpies is a structured program for children ages 3-5 that encourages exploration of nature and interaction between a child and their caregiver. Each week, a natural science topic is explored through crafts, outdoor exploration, songs, stories, hikes and more!

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Forest

Looking for a unique setting in which to have fun with your child while learning about the natural world?

Mudpies is a structured program for children ages 3-5 that encourages exploration of nature and interaction between a child and their caregiver. Each week, a natural science theme is explored through crafts, outdoor exploration, songs, stories, hikes and more! Each session will feature a different craft or activity, along with storytime and a guided hike. Come discover the joy of sharing nature with your child!

This program is for children ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver. One adult is required for every two children.

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Habitat Hollow, *New*  Mudpies Education Room (Lower Level)

Member price: $5 per child. Members must sign in to receive discount. Non-member price: $5 per child + daily admission for each accompanying adult(s).

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Registration is available by individual session – OR – you can also sign up for a full month of Mudpies at a time (a new feature this year)!   

We are not currently offering a Mudpies membership. Mudpies will run following the Bellevue Public Schools calendar and will not run during the summer.

Please see our most recent COVID-19 guidelines here

January Schedule

Tuesday, January 11

Theme: Snow, Session 1

How do you know what season it is? What season is it when snow is on the ground? Come learn about the wonders of winter!

Thursday, January 13

Theme: Snow, Session 2

Spend the morning learning about snowflakes and discovering them out on the trail!

Tuesday, January 18

Theme: Hibernation, Session 1

Come learn about how animals survive in winter with a hibernation investigation! 

Thursday, January 20

Theme: Hibernation, Session 2

What do animals do if they aren’t hibernating? Come learn about winter animal adaptations! 

Tuesday, January 25

Theme: Deer, Session 1

What animals are up and about during the winter? Deer, of course! Come learn about winter adaptations of deer this morning!


Thursday, January 27

Theme: Deer, Session 2

Do baby animals look like their parents? Come learn about baby deer and how they survive in the Forest!


Register for January Classes


February Schedule

Tuesday, February 1

Theme: Owls, Session 1

Whoooo’s ready to learn about owls? Come learn about how owl feathers keep them safe and warm!

Thursday, February 3

Theme: Owls, Session 2

How are owls awake all night long? Can they turn their heads all the way around? Join us and learn about owl eyes and other adaptations!

Tuesday, February 8

Theme: Cardinals, Session 1

Do male and female animals look the same? Today we’ll talk about colorful cardinals and other colors in nature!

Thursday, February 10

Theme: Cardinals, Session 2

How do cardinals stay warm all winter? Come learn about cardinals, nuthatches, and other bright birds that we can find all winter in Fontenelle Forest!

Tuesday, February 15

Theme: Valentine’s Day, Session 1

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ll make a Valentine’s day craft and go on a hike looking for hearts in nature!

Thursday, February 17

Theme: Valentine’s Day, Session 2

After looking for hearts in nature, we’re going to look for shapes in nature and make our own nature puzzles!

Tuesday, February 22

Theme: Tracks, Session 1

Whose tracks are these? Come learn about animal tracks and the animals that make them!

Thursday, February 24

Theme: Tracks, Session 2

Do all animal tracks look the same? Do YOU make tracks? Come look for animal tracks and make some of your own!

Register for February Classes


March Schedule

Tuesday, March 1

Theme: Turtles, Session 1

Can turtles leave their shells? Let’s look at turtle shells and figure out how they use them!

Thursday, March 3

Theme: Turtles, Session 2

Do all turtles live in water? Do only tortoises live on land? Today we’ll use the clues on a turtle’s body to figure out where they live!

Tuesday, March 8

Theme: Spring, Session 1

How do you know it’s spring? How can we tell the seasons are changing? Come explore the winter thaw out on the trail!

Thursday, March  10

Theme: Spring, Session 2

What animals are waking up or returning now that it’s closer to spring? Let’s investigate robins and other animals that are out and about now that the Forest is a little warmer!

Tuesday, March 22

Theme: Migration, Session 1

What happens to insects in the winter? Today we’ll talk about insect migration and how they make their long journeys southward!

Thursday, March 24

Theme: Migration, Session 2

Where do birds go in the winter? When do they come back? Let’s learn about birds as we explore animal migration!

Tuesday, March 29

Theme: Seeds, Session 1

Where do plants come from? Do all seeds look the same? Join us for a seed search on the trails!

Thursday, March 31

Theme: Seeds, Session 2

How does a seed grow! Come join us as we plant seeds and look for seedlings!

Register for March Classes


April Schedule

Tuesday, April 5

Theme: Frogs, Session 1

What is an amphibian? Leap into this lesson about frogs and other amphibians.

Thursday, April 7

Theme: Frogs, Session 2

How do frogs jump so far? Come learn about how frogs survive in their habitat!

Tuesday, April 12

Theme: Life Cycles, Session 1

What’s an amphibian? Leap into this lesson about frogs and other amphibians.

Thursday, April 14

Theme: Life Cycles, Session 2

How do eggs turn into tadpoles? How do tadpoles turn into frogs? Learn about the circle of life with this life cycle lesson!

Tuesday, April 19

Theme: Eggs, Session 1

Do all bird eggs look the same? Come investigate bird eggs and their nests!

Thursday, April 21

Theme: Eggs, Session 2

Do different birds build different nests? Learn about how birds build their nests and what materials they are made out of.

Tuesday, April 26

Theme: Sounds of Nature, Session 1

Have you ever stopped and listened while walking on a trail? Come explore the sounds of nature during this lesson!

Thursday, April 28

Theme: Sounds of Nature, Session 2

Which animals make the loudest noise? Which are the quietest? Come learn about animal noises and sounds we hear in the Forest!

Register for April Classes


May Schedule

Tuesday, May 3

Theme: Snakes, Session 1

Come learn about the snakes of Fontenelle Forest and what makes them snakes! 

Thursday, May 5

Theme: Snakes, Session 2

What makes snakes special? Come learn about snake sheds, scales, and more! 

Tuesday, May 10

Theme: Bees, Session 1

What are pollinators? Learn how insects (and more) move pollen from flower to flower!  

Thursday, May 12

Theme: Bees, Session 2

Are bees pollinators? Come learn about different types of pollinators and search for them at the Forest! 

Tuesday, May 17

Theme: Wetlands, Session 1

What is a wetland? Come learn about this wet and wild habitat!  

Thursday, May 19

Theme: Wetlands, Session 2

Come discover what lives in a wetland as we search “around the pond.”  

Tuesday, May 24

Theme: Happy Summer!

Come join us for our summer sendoff! We’ll have an end of the year party and enjoy the beautiful summer weather together!  

Register for May Classes


QUESTIONS? CALL 402-731-3140.



January 25
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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