2021 Summer Camps

Surrounded by nature, campers dive into the unknown and have adventures that develop great life skills and a life-long love for the natural world.

Experience a wild summer outdoors at Fontenelle Forest,
just minutes from downtown Omaha!


Fontenelle Forest’s 2021 Summer Camps are now full.

To have your name put on a waitlist in case of a cancellation, please call 402-731-3140.


Campers explore the outdoors through nature-based activities at Fontenelle Forest.

At Fontenelle Forest, we believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards and strive to foster a love of our local land and ecosystems vital to our survival.

Surrounded by nature, campers dive into the unknown and have adventures that develop great life skills and a life-long love for the natural world. Our staff is committed to providing your child with high quality, positive outdoor experiences for children ages 3 to 15. We are excited to offer another summer of amazing summer camp experiences at Fontenelle Forest.

Fontenelle Forest members receive discounted pricing on all camps!
See camp pricing and register below!


Parents love our camps because they bring children together with nature
and teach them an appreciation for the world around them.

“My camper would have loved another week and hopefully I can sign him up for 2 weeks next year. The daily activities, roster, and email information were thorough and helpful. All of the Forest personnel were kind and helpful and expressed excitement for the camp and the campers. My camper also has a renewed appreciation for all things nature.
– 2020 Summer Camp Parent
“Thank you so much for being willing to still have this camp in-person with the COVID procedures in place. It was a great week for my daughter–much needed time away from our house. We will for sure be back next year…”

– 2020 Summer Camp Parent


Check out our *NEW* camps this year:
Little Acorns (ages 3-5), Raptors & Reptiles (ages 9-12), and Teen Adventure Camp (ages 13-15)!

Our Summer Camps offer various camp themes and activities tailored to ages 3 to 15.
Learn about our summer camp and aftercare offerings for each age group below.

Don’t want camp to end? Aftercare is available for most camps (except “Little Acorns” and “Raptors and Reptiles”) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aftercare will take place in the same building where your child attends camp. Aftercare requires separate registration from summer camp and the fee is $50 for the entire week. See registration links below for each corresponding summer camp.


ages 3 TO 5 – LITTLE ACORNS

Little Acorns – *NEW IN 2021*
Ages 3-5 with caregiver
Session 1: June 28-July 2
Session 2: July 26-July 30
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is a one-day camp (separate registration required for each day).

Bring your preschooler and join us for a fun-filled summer day camp at Camp Brewster from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM! Each day includes a different theme!

Registration is required for each day attending. One admission equals one child and one adult (camper must be accompanied by one adult).

$30 for members and $45 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

Aftercare is not available for Little Acorns camp.

daily themes for Little acorns

Monday – Beginner Explorer!

We’ll learn how to become a nature explorer! We’ll spend the day playing camp games, singing silly songs, being creative with crafts, and making friends all while exploring the natural world!

Tuesday – Let’s go Buggy!

We’re going buggy for bugs! We’ll learn all about insects, what makes them an insect and why insects are so important for our environment. We’ll also go on a hunt to find insects in the Forest!

Wednesday – Colorful Clouds!

We’re becoming little meteorologists for the day! We’ll spend time learning about the weather, relaxing under the clouds, playing in the water (weather permitting), and much more!

Thursday — All about Birds!

We’re learning all about our “feathery friends!” We’ll use our “eagle eyes” to go bird watching while we hike and we’ll have fun while making our own bird with a fun craft.

Friday – Spectacular Snakes!

Snakes are spectacular, we’ll learn all about reptiles for this camp day! We’ll look for our slithery friends while we’re hiking on the trails and we’ll also get to meet one of our animal residents!


Little Acorns Week One: June 28 – July 1

Little Acorns
“Beginner Explorer”
Monday, June 28

Little Acorns
“Let’s go buggy”
Tuesday, June 29

Little Acorns
“Colorful Clouds”
Wednesday, June 30

Little Acorns
“All About Birds”
Thursday, July 1

Little Acorns
“Spectacular Snakes”
Friday, July 2

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Little Acorns Week two: July 26-july 30

Little Acorns
“Beginner Explorer”
Monday, July 26

Little Acorns
“Let’s go buggy”
Tuesday, July 27

Little Acorns
“Colorful Clouds”
Wednesday, July 28

Little Acorns
“All About Birds”
Thursday, July 29

Little Acorns
“Spectacular Snakes”
Friday, July 30

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ages 6 TO 8 – NATURE CAMP

Nature Camp
Ages 6-8
Weekly, June 7-July 30
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Brewster at 1313 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

Your camper will have fun exploring the natural world through educational hikes on the trails of Camp Brewster. Throughout the week, we’ll do different camp activities, including going on a scavenger hunt, playing in the water, and making s’mores! We’ll also learn about the wildlife of the Forest, focusing on a different topic every day, including insects, birds, plants, fungus, mammals, and more.

We’ll spend the mornings playing games until everyone arrives and then start our daily activities. Campers will eat their packed lunch outside on the lawn or spread out across picnic tables. Afternoon activities will go until pickup, which is from 3:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

daily themes for nature camp

Monday – Nature Explorers!

What does it mean to be a nature explorer? We’ll find out on the first day of Nature Camp! We’ll scout out the land and become familiar with Camp Brewster’s trails, play camp games to get to know one another, and much more!

Tuesday – Insect Madness!

On this Nature Camp day, we’ll learn all about insects! We’ll learn what it means to be a pollinator and why insects are so important for our environment. Weather permitting, we’ll even go on a hunt for insects to catch and observe.

Wednesday – Passionate about Plants!

Let’s get growing like plants! Plants can give us a lot and we’ll learn all about this on our third day of Nature Camp. We’ll even act as plants as we play in the water, weather permitting.

Thursday – All about Birds!

Birds are the word on this fourth day of Nature Camp! We’ll hike the trails at Camp Brewster to spot some soaring birds ourselves. We’ll also get the opportunity to meet a raptor resident here at the Forest!

Friday – Marvelous Mammals!

How are mammals different from other types of animals like birds and insects? We’ll learn what makes mammals special on this last day of Nature Camp. We’ll even get a chance to learn how to become wildlife veterinarians!


register for nature camp today!

WEEK 1 (jUNE 7-11)
WEEK 2 (jUNE 14-18)
WEEK 3 (jUNE 21-25)
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WEEK 1 (jUly 5-9)
WEEK 2 (jUly 12-16)
WEEK 3 (jUly 19-23)
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ages 9 TO 12

Adventure Camp
Ages 9-12
Session 1: June 7-11 SOLD OUT! 
Session 2: July 5-9 SOLD OUT! 
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Join us for a five-day adventure summer camp at Camp Wa-Kon-Da! We’ll have a fun week of exploring the Forest through guided hikes, performing in archery competitions, and climbing high in TreeRush Adventures. If your camper loves to be active outdoors and has a passion to learn about nature, then Adventure Camp is the perfect fit!

We’ll spend the mornings playing games until everyone arrives and then start our daily activities. Campers will eat their packed lunch outside on the lawn or spread out across picnic tables. Afternoon activities will go until pickup, which is from 3:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required when inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.


register for adventure camp today!

session 1 (jUNE 7-11)
session 2 (jUly 5-9)
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Art in Nature Camp
Ages 9-12
Session 1: June 14-June 18
Session 2: July 12-July 16
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Join us for a five-day summer camp filled with arts, crafts, and creativity at Camp Wa-Kon-Da! We’ll spend the week exploring the natural world while getting inspired to create art in nature! Each day we will focus on a different art form like sketching, painting, writing, poetry, and more!

We’ll spend the mornings playing games until everyone arrives and then start our daily activities. Campers will eat their packed lunch outside on the lawn or spread out across picnic tables. Afternoon activities will go until pickup, which is from 3:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required when inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.


register for art in nature camp today!

session 1 (jUNE 14-18)
session 2 (jUly 12-16)
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Backpacking Camp
Ages 9-12
Session 1: June 21-25 SOLD OUT!
Session 2: July 19-23 SOLD OUT!
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Does your camper want to be an expert in traversing the trails and learn basic backpacking skills? Then this five-day backpacking summer camp at Camp Wa-Kon-Da is the perfect fit! Throughout the week, we’ll learn about orienting, backpacking 101, basic survival skills, how to start a campfire, and much more! We’ll also spend some time climbing high in the trees at TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest.

We’ll spend the mornings playing games until everyone arrives and then start our daily activities. Campers will eat their packed lunch outside on the lawn or spread out across picnic tables. Afternoon activities will go until pickup, which is from 3:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required when inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.


register for backpacking camp today!

session 1 (jUNE 21-25)
session 2 (jUly 19-23)
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Raptors and Reptiles – *NEW IN 2021*
Half-day Summer Camp
Ages 9-12
Session 2: July 12-16
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

A half-day summer camp for ages 9-12 in which campers will learn about raptors and reptiles through interactive animal encounters. Students will also learn about the life histories and conservation status of animals in a fun, yet educational environment. Each day will feature a visit from a raptor and a reptile.

A snack and drink will be provided to campers.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required when inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$150 for members and $175 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.


register for raptors and reptiles camp today!

Week of jUly 12-16
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ages 13-15

Teen Survival Camp – *NEW IN 2021*
Ages 13-15
Session 1: June 28-July 2
Session 2: July 26-30
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Does your teen camper love the outdoors and want to learn various Forest survival tactics? Join us for a five-day “Teen Survival” summer camp at Camp Wa-Kon-Da! We’ll spend the week scouting the trails in the Forest, taking part in an archery competition, and climbing high in the trees at TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest. We’ll also learn about basic forest survival skills, like backpacking, orienting, how to make a campfire, and much more!

We’ll spend the mornings playing games until everyone arrives and then start our daily activities. Campers will eat their packed lunch outside on the lawn or spread out across picnic tables. Afternoon activities will go until pickup, which is from 3:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Social distancing safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required when inside all buildings or whenever campers cannot maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.


register for teen survival camp today!

session 1 (jUNE 28-July 2)
session 2 (jUly 26-30)
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Attention Parents: 
Please download our CAMP F.A.Q. and COVID-19 Safety Policy information to answer important questions including about safety in our day camps.  For additional questions not answered in these documents call Visitor Services at 402-731-3140.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

For all camps, cancellations prior to the Friday before the camp start date will receive a full refund. Once camp has started, refunds are not provided.

For all cancellations, please contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140.

questions?

For all questions, please contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140. Thank you

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