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Event Series Event Series: Seniors Understanding Nature

Seniors Understanding Nature

November 1, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

An image of a sunset over a river with the words "S.U.N. Seniors Understanding Nature. Foar active seniors who enjoy learning about nature" and the Fontenelle Forest logo.

Join us for our Seniors Understanding Nature (SUN) lecture series at the Nature Center! Each lecture will cover a different topic (listed below). Snacks and coffee are available before the presentation. This program is for adults ages 55 and up who enjoy learning about the natural world.

Date: Dates listed below
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Minimum Capacity: 10
Maximum Capacity: 200
program fee: This event is free for members or with daily admission. 
No registration is required.

Photo credit: Ethan Freese, Platte Basin Timelapse


March 8:
A Journey Along the Platte River

Our speaker, Dakota Altman, from the Platte Basin Timelapse will take us on a journey along the Platte River with stories, pictures and timelapse films. Come see how points along the river look like hour to hour, day to day, and year to year. Some of the many ecosystems throughout the Platte River basin will be highlighted as well as a glimpse into the return of the Trumpeter Swans.


May 3:
Preserving Fontenelle Forest for Future Generations

Want to know why we do what we do as land stewards of Fontenelle Forest? Join Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship on an exploration of how Fontenelle staff and volunteers care for the land in a unique urban nature center setting. As caretakers of a rapidly declining habitat system, Fontenelle Forest land stewardship crews work to balance the use of the land by people, and the preservation of the land for wildlife and habitat. In a mosaic of systems from Missouri River floodplain wetlands to mixed deciduous hardwood, to oak savanna to prairie, Fontenelle Forest properties require intensive maintenance and restoration.


September 13:
Animal Ambassadors of Fontenelle Forest

Visit with some of our educational animals in this critter-centric SUN program. Learn all about these raptors and reptiles and their roles as ambassadors at our nature center.

This session of Seniors Understanding Nature is sponsored by AARP Nebraska. 

November 1:
Born of Crisis: How the Dust Bowl Delivered Conservation Programs to Private Lands

Conservation on private lands in the Great Plains is primarily accomplished through federal farm bill programs through the Department of Agriculture. But how did the first farm programs start? Larkin Powell from the University of Nebraska, will share with us how the Dust Bowl of the 1930s influenced the political support and opposition to conservation programs during that period. He’ll also discuss how federal farm programs have grown since the 1930s.


Call 402-731-3140. 
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November 1, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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