Floodplain Trail Closure: Fontenelle Forest’s Wetlands and Mink Trail at Neale Woods are closed due to flooding.

Floodplain Trail Closure: Fontenelle Forest’s Wetlands and Mink Trail at Neale Woods are closed due to flooding.


Feather Our Nest

An annual benefit for Fontenelle Forest


Thursday, September 26, 2024

6:00 to 9:00 PM


Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue

Adults only, please

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Please Join Us in Honoring Lifelong Educational Ambassadors:

Catalyst Award: Andy Saunders 

Chief Naturalist of Fontenelle Forest 1974-1985

Andy was instrumental in creating and promoting a comprehensive roster of natural history programs, among them, Fontenelle Forest’s all-important Teacher Naturalists program. Andy has served as an inspiration for countless citizen scientists over the decades. His drawings were a staple in Forest newsletters and educational manuals during his tenure – and are featured throughout this page.

Citizen Scientist Award: Nature Search Team

Loren and Babs Padelford, Roland Barth, in memoriam – represented by Ingrid Barth, Neal Ratzlaff, Eric Scholar, Phil Swanson and Craig Rotermund 

Nature Search is a portal to all plants, animals and fungi photographed within Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods Nature Reserve. The Nature Search Team is a volunteer-led group of curious amateur naturalists who were inspired by Andy Saunders and Fontenelle Forest to share their love of nature with others.


Purchase Tickets or Make a Gift

Tickets are $125 for Fontenelle Forest Members and $150 for Non-Members

Your purchase or donation supports Fontenelle Forest and its mission

Purchase Tickets Online
or call 402-731-3140 
Please purchase tickets by September 6, 2024

Other Ways To Support


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donation in lieu of attendance



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Enjoy Elevated Experiences


Learn about conservation and education efforts happening at the Forest 


 Explore flora and fauna found at the Forest using the Nature Search Database


Hear from our honorees about their experiences at the Forest


Enjoy meeting educational raptors and critters up close


Cocktails and seasonal offerings by Heirloom Fine Foods


 Bid on handcrafted items, unique experiences and more



Business Casual Attire
Complimentary Valet Parking Provided



See Photos from Last Year’s event

Feather Our Nest 2023


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