Backpack Forest Exploration

Create your own adventure with our Backpack Forest Exploration program! Fontenelle Forest features 1,500 acres and 17 miles of trails filled with endless opportunities to make exciting nature discoveries. Our backpacks provide everything you need to create your own personalized experience and new memories.

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Become a Nature Scientist

Through self-guided activities, you can help kids become nature scientists by making observations while hiking the trails and discovering the variety of plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest.

Make new discoveries about the Forest as your group strolls the one-mile, ADA-accessible Riverview Boardwalk, or ventures deeper into the Forest on our extensive trail system! Guests are also invited to meet non-releasable birds of prey in the Raptor Woodland Refuge, make nature discoveries in Acorn Acres (a one-acre natural outdoor playscape),* explore Habitat Hollow (an indoor nature-based play area) and peruse the Baright Gallery.
*Acorn Acres is undergoing a major experience improvement upgrade and will reopen in 2024.



Each backpack costs $5 and serves 15-20 individuals.
Backpacks can be checked out at the Visitor Services desk and must be returned to the Front Desk staff when finished.

General Education Backpack
(For all ages)

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Trading Post Backpack
(For ages 8+)

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STEM Backpack
(For ages 8+)

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 CALL 402-731-3140.


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