Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

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.

 


 

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

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

Member price: Each class costs $8 per child for members, $8 per child + daily admission for each accompanying non-member adult(s). Click here to see daily admission prices.

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)!   

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

May Schedule

Tuesday, May 7

Theme: Bees, Session 1

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

Thursday, May 9

Theme: Bees, Session 2

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

Tuesday, May 14

Theme: Wetlands, Session 1

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

Thursday, May 16

Theme: Wetlands, Session 2

Come discover what lives in a wetland as we search “Around the Pond.”

Tuesday, May 21

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

 

Note: Mudpies follows the Bellevue Public Schools calendar and will not run during summer break.

August Schedule

Tuesday, August 27

Theme: Salamanders, Session 1

What is a salamander? Fish, reptile, amphibian? Come learn about salamanders and what makes them amphibians!

Thursday, August 29

Theme: Salamanders, Session 2

Come explore salamanders and the wetlands they make their home in!

Register for August Classes

 

September Schedule

Tuesday, September 3

Theme: Beavers, Session 1

Discover how beavers build and live in their lodges and dams as we learn about these engineers of the wetlands!

Thursday, September 5

Theme: Beavers, Session 2

Come learn about the tools beavers use to engineer their environment! These tools aren’t hammers and nails, but teeth and tails!

Tuesday, September 10

Theme: Weather, Session 1

What makes thunder? Lightning? Tornadoes? Come learn about storms as we explore weather this week!

Thursday, September 12

Theme: Weather, Session 2

What makes the weather? Come learn about how seasons affect weather!

Tuesday, September 17

Theme: Insects, Session 1

What makes up an insect? Come learn about heads, thoraxes, abdomens, and more as we learn about insect body parts!

Thursday, September 19

Theme: Insects, Session 2

How many types of insects can we find in Fontenelle Forest? Grab your nets and bug catches and come explore the insects of the Forest!

Tuesday, September 24

Theme: Sense of Taste, Session 1

How does a butterfly eat? Come learn about butterfly proboscis and how they use them to eat from flowers!

Thursday, September 26

Theme: Sense of Taste, Session 2

Does a butterfly taste with its’ tongue? Or something else? Come learn about butterfly feet and the weird ways animals taste their food!

Register for September Classes

 

October Schedule

Tuesday, October 1

Theme: Spiders, Session 1

How do spiders make a web? Come learn about how spiders are different than insects and how they make their homes!

Thursday, October 3

Theme: Spiders, Session 2

Come learn about spider webs and all the different ways they engineer homes and traps with their silk!

Tuesday, October 8

Theme: Hawks, Session 1

What makes hawks different from songbirds? Come learn about all the features that make these birds special!

Thursday, October 10

Theme: Hawks, Session 2

How do hawks survive the winter? Come learn about how hawks migrate and how far they go!

Tuesday, October 15

Theme: Bats, Session 1

Do bats turn into vampires? Or drink blood? Come discover something new about bats and learn about their 6th sense – echolocation!

Thursday, October 17

Theme: Bats, Session 2

How do bats find their food in the dark? Or avoid crashing into trees? Get ready for a batty good time as we explore these creatures of the night!

Tuesday, October 22

Theme: Leaves & colors, Session 1

What happens when fall rolls around? What are some signs that summer is ending and fall is here? Come learn about the changing seasons!

Thursday, October 24

Theme: Leaves & colors, Session 2

Come learn about fall leaves and why they change colors as we examine the changing seasons!

Tuesday, October 29

Theme: Biomes

Explore the world with us today as we investigate biomes, from oceans to prairies to rainforests!

Thursday, October 31

Theme: Halloween

Feeling spooky? Come learn about bats, spiders, snakes, and more during some Halloween-themed mythbusting!

Register for October Classes

 

November Schedule

Tuesday, November 5

Theme: Woodpeckers, Session 1

Investigate these winged engineers that make the Forest trees their home! Come learn about woodpecker nests and how they’re made!

Thursday, November 7

Theme: Woodpeckers, Session 2

Join us for a peck-tacular day of Mudpies as we explore the world of woodpeckers, from how they drum on trees to the different species we have at the Forest.

Tuesday, November 12

Theme: Bullsnakes, Session 1

Come learn what makes up a snake, from their tongues to the tips of their tails!

Thursday, November 14

Theme: Bullsnakes, Session 2

Join us as we learn about the largest snake in Nebraska and meet the Forest’s resident bullsnake!

Tuesday, November 19

Theme: Sense of Smell, Session 1

How do turkey vultures find the carrion that they eat? With their nose, of course! Come learn about nature’s scavengers and their strongest sense!

Thursday, November 21

Theme: Sense of Smell, Session 2

Come explore turkey vultures. Meet a resident turkey vulture and learn about their (usually) smelly adaptations!

Tuesday, November 26

Theme: Turkeys, Session 1

Learn about the largest (and noisiest!) bird at Fontenelle Forest just in time for turkey day!

Register for November Classes

 

December Schedule

Tuesday, December 3

Theme: Squirrels, Session 1

Explore some of the most unexpected engineers of the animal kingdom – squirrels! Come learn how they engineer their homes!

Thursday, December 5

Theme: Squirrels, Session 2

Discover something new about the fluffy critters you find in your backyard! Learn about how squirrels engineer the ecosystems they live in!

Tuesday, December 10

Theme: Animal Coverings, Session 1

Fur, feathers, and scales, oh my! Come learn about animal coverings and how they help animals survive!

Thursday, December 12

Theme: Animal Coverings, Session 2

Why don’t fish have fur? Why don’t foxes need scales? Does a frog need feathers? Learn about animal coverings and how they help animals adapt to their environment!

Tuesday, December 17

Theme: Happy Holidays!, Session 1

Come learn about the shortest day of the year and other exciting holiday celebrations around the world!

Thursday, December 19

Theme: Happy Holidays!, Session 2

How do you celebrate the holidays? Join us as we explore holiday celebrations, from your neighborhood to people across the world.

Register for December Classes

 

Note: Mudpies follows the Bellevue Public Schools calendar and will not run during winter break.


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