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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center will be closing at noon on Nov. 25, and will be closed all day Thursday, Nov 26.
Member gate fob access will be available. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Camp Wa-kon-da

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402 Forest Dr.
Bellevue, NE 68005 United States
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402 Forest Dr., Bellevue, NE 68005

Camp Wa-kon-da is in Bellevue, Nebraska and covers 37 acres of wooded bluffs, adjacent to Fontenelle Forest. The camp has six Adirondack style shelters. Wa-kon-da will be added to the 2,000 acres that Fontenelle Forest encompasses currently.

 

In fact, it says in the Fontenelle Forest meeting minutes April 2, 1946 that Fontenelle Forest was first offered the property but decided the Boy Scouts could make more immediate use out of the land but stipulated, “If the Boy Scouts ever decide to dispose of the land it shall be first offered to the Fontenelle Forest Association” so this acquisition is more than 70 years in the making. The minutes go on to say, “This consummates to what is thought to be a very desirable arrangement for both the Boy Scouts and our Association.”

“This contribution to Fontenelle Forest once again displays the Scouts commitment to the greater Omaha community and further strengthens the relationship between these two organizations while expanding the boundaries of one of the regions greatest treasures,” said Gerry Lauritzen, who, along with her family, has had a life-long commitment to the Boy Scouts and Fontenelle Forest. “As a mother of an Eagle Scout who spent countless hours hiking Fontenelle Forest and camping throughout the region with his Troop, it brings me great pleasure to see the commitment these two organizations have to improving the lives of our youth and the community as a whole.“

Fontenelle Forest is excited to add this camp to our Forest, and include it in our conservation work to keep it protected for generations to come. Moreover, the structures, restrooms and other buildings offer opportunities for events, programs, and camping.

“We have such a long history with the Boy Scouts,” said Whitehall. “Looking through Forest archives, we see nearly a century of partnerships, and this acquisition of Camp Wa-kon-da just continues this special relationship into the 21st Century.”

“Having a camp this close to the area gave them a lot of outdoor experience – camping, fire building, cooking, etc; it also taught them how to respect nature – animals, plants, trails, environment,” said Tami Brinkhous, mother of three Boy Scouts.

December 2020

Sunday Trekking at Camp Wa-Kon-Da

December 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 13, 2020

Camp Wa-kon-da, 402 Forest Dr.
Bellevue, NE 68005 United States
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$15

Join our Naturalist Educators each Sunday on a guided hike along the beautiful trails of Fontenelle Forest. All hikes will be from 2:00-4:00 pm and last 2 hours, traversing easy to moderate terrain. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required whenever hikers cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Each Sunday we will be meeting at a different trailhead so that participants are able to experience some of the lesser-known trails. Monthly schedule: 1st Sunday: Nature…

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Winter Break Camp

December 16 - December 18
Camp Wa-kon-da, 402 Forest Dr.
Bellevue, NE 68005 United States
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Join us for three (3) days of socially distanced winter fun at Camp Wa-kon-da! Campers will be snowshoeing (weather permitting), building birdhouses, participating in snow archery competitions, building a campfire, and building gingerbread habitats. Aftercare available (see below). Date: December 16, 17, 18 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da Ages 9-12 Maximum Capacity: 15 Winter Camp guidelines: In regards to COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures, all campers will be required to wear a mask during all activities…

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