Parking will be limited at the Nature Center to allow for construction equipment and deliveries to be made as Acorn Acres progress continues. Additional parking is available in the north overflow parking lot (1213 Bellevue Blvd. N.).

Parking will be limited at the Nature Center to allow for construction equipment and deliveries to be made as Acorn Acres progress continues. Additional parking is available in the north overflow parking lot (1213 Bellevue Blvd. N.).


Become a Fontenelle Forest member and explore over 2,100 acres and 24 miles of trails. Your Membership supports the mission of Fontenelle Forest and the important work we do in conservation, education and recreation.
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Support the Forest with Your Membership

Your membership provides a full year of amazing benefits AND directly supports Fontenelle Forest, a local 501c3 nonprofit. Our mission is to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world through our work in conservation, education and recreation.

Memberships become active upon the date of purchase and are valid for 12 consecutive months. Members can join or renew online, in person at our Visitor Services desk or by calling 402-731-3140. For questions, see our FAQ.

Click here to see all the benefits of becoming a member!


Standard Memberships

Click the type of membership you would like to purchase or renew.
Sales tax included.

Patron Memberships

Deepen your engagement with the Forest by choosing a Patron Membership. These memberships include a tax-deductible gift to the Forest. Patron memberships include the same benefits as our standard household membership plus the benefits below, which vary by level:
• Additional discount in the gift shop
• Additional one-time use guest day passes

Your payment less a $70 household membership represents a tax-deductible donation. Sales tax included.

Check out these options when purchasing your membership.


Save time with auto-renew

Check the “Renew this membership automatically” box when you are purchasing or renewing your membership. Save time and further support the Forest’s mission of sustainability by reducing paper reminders. See FAQ about auto-renew.

Gift a Membership

Share your love of the outdoors with a gift membership to Fontenelle Forest! A gift membership is a great way to share everything you love about the Forest, while also supporting the important work we do in conservation, education and recreation. Click here to learn more about gift memberships.

Fontenelle Forest Membership Benefits

The Forest features a wide variety of daily experiences, programs and events for all ages. Open daily, year-round, there is ample opportunity to explore the various trails and ecosystems that make up this unique urban Forest. You are sure to experience something new during every visit. An annual membership to Fontenelle Forest pays for itself in just a few visits and members receive a variety of benefits and discounts.  

Trail Access
Year-round access to over 2,100 acres of land and 24 miles of trails in the extraordinary loess hills at Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods Nature Reserve.

Fontenelle FOrest
Hike 1,500 acres and 17 miles of trails at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, just 10 minutes south of downtown Omaha. See map here.

Neale Woods Nature Reserve
Explore 560 acres and seven miles of trails at Neale Woods in Omaha, just 10 minutes north of downtown Omaha. See map here.

ADA-Accessible Boardwalks
Two ADA-accessible boardwalks, providing individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to observe wildlife, the changing seasons and views of the Missouri river.

Flora & Fauna
Experience diverse ecosystems from deciduous forest to oak savanna, prairie and wetlands on our trails. The Forest is a premier Audubon-designated birding location with over 246 recorded species. 

Acorn Acres (reopening in 2024)
A one-acre natural playscape in the Forest that provides children with a unique opportunity to explore the outdoors through unstructured play. 

Habitat Hollow
An indoor, nature-based play area where young explorers can make nature discoveries, participate in interactive activities and crafts, and meet our animal ambassadors.

Raptor Woodland Refuge
This canopy-level exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity to observe non-releasable educational birds of prey and learn about raptor conservation.

Baright Gallery
Located in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, the gallery features exhibits about nature and the rich history of Fontenelle Forest. See current exhibit.

Discounts on Programs, events & Day Camps
Free or discounted programs and events for children, adults and seniors, as well as discounts on children’s day camps (including summer, winter and spring camps). See programs and events calendar.

Discounted Guests ADmission
Every time you visit, two of your non-member guests get half-price admission to the Forest. 

Discount at Gift shop & TreeRush
Members receive a 10% discount at the Fontenelle Forest gift shop. Members also get 10% off TreeRush Adventures and KidsRush (separate admission required).

Reciprocal Memberships
Discounts are available at up to 120 nature centers nationwide through the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) Reciprocal Program. Click here to learn more.

Options available exclusively to members for an additional fee:

Plus-one Option
Bring one additional guest for free every time they visit the Forest. Members may add a plus-one to their membership enabling them to bring one additional guest every time they visit the Forest. The plus-one add-on may be added to your membership online at the time you purchase (or renew) your membership, or at any time at our Visitor Services desk. Your plus-one expires at the same time as your membership and must be renewed annually.

Member Fob option
Members may purchase a keyless fob at our Visitor Services desk to access trails before and after business hours via the member gate at the Nature Center. Member fob hours are posted on our website homepage under the red Alerts button, at our member gate and all fob users receive a convenient, pocket-sized printout. 



Membership Drives & Discounts

Fontenelle Forest prides itself on being a vital community resource. We strive to make the Forest accessible to all individuals.

One way the Forest supports greater access to our trails and Nature Center is by offering corporate membership drives and non-profit memberships. We are also proud to partner with several libraries in the Omaha metro and surrounding areas through the Library Pass Program. Learn more about these options below.

Corporate membership Drives

A Fontenelle Forest membership drive can positively contribute to the health and well-being of your employees and their families by providing access to nature, hiking trails, programs and more.

Non-Profit Memberships

Fontenelle Forest is proud to offer 501c3 public charities a significantly discounted, membership option.

Library Pass Program

Fontenelle Forest has partnered with several libraries in the Omaha metro and surrounding areas to provide day passes to the Forest that can be checked out just like a book!


Click the button below to see our Membership FAQ, which includes general information about memberships, auto-renewal, discounts and more. For additional questions call Visitor Services at 402-731-3140.




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