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Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods

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Imagine a haven of the natural world just minutes from downtown Omaha. A place where the quiet wild of nature envelops you as you walk a mile long boardwalk, gazing upon the Missouri River, and by chance glimpsing a wild turkey or deer as it dashes across your path. Perhaps a hike along a dirt trail, taking you deeper into the forest, is more your style. Or gazing across a prairie as it was seen as it was hundreds of years ago when the first people entered the region. All of this is right in our backyard at Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods, the region’s premier nature centers that encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie, and wetlands along the Missouri River. Each year, over 80,000 people come to explore and to learn about nature from guided hikes, live animal demonstrations, natural science exhibits, lectures, classes, camps, and even snow shoe rentals. With year-round programming, there’s always a reason to drop in.

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  • Hours: 8am-5pm
  • Price: $9.50 adults; $8.50 seniors (ages 62+); $7.50 children (ages 2-17)
Events
  • Summer Wildflower Hike

    Aug 18, 2018

    Search for summer wildflowers while walking through Camp Brewster. Remember to dress for the weather and to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. 

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  • Canoe the Great Marsh

    Aug 18, 2018

    Grab your paddle and explore the wonder of the wetlands found at Fontenelle Forest. Receive a quick introduction to canoeing followed by time to enjoy your own adventure in the Great Marsh. This

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  • Yoga in the Forest

    Aug 19, 2018 Recurring weekly on Sunday

    Join us for an hour-long vinyasa style yoga class surrounded by nature, designed to de-stress and relax. This class is accessible for all levels of yogis, from beginner to experienced, and will

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  • Evening Yoga in the Forest

    Aug 22, 2018 Recurring weekly on Wednesday

    Enjoy an hour-long vinyasa style yoga class, surrounded by nature, designed to de-stress and relax. This class is accessible for all levels of yogis, from beginner to experienced, and will feature the

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  • Dirt Time: A Tracking Adventure

    Aug 25, 2018

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn to interpret the animal clues around you, this is your opportunity. Spend time literally in the dirt and gain the skills needed to “read” the forest and its animal

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  • Dirt Time: A Tracking Adventure

    Aug 25, 2018

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn to interpret the animal clues around you, this is your opportunity. Spend time literally in the dirt and gain the skills needed to “read” the forest and its animal

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  • Butterfly Walk

    Aug 26, 2018

    Meet at Camp Brewster to walk on the short trails through the restores prairie and the woodlands edge to look for butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects. Nets and capture cages will be provided

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  • Forest Therapy Walk

    Sep 8, 2018

    Come join AFNT guide in training, Julie Mckeone, for a forest therapy walk (also known as Shinrin Yoku and forest bathing). Throughout the walk, invitations will be offered to connect walkers to the

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  • Summer Night Hike at the Wetlands

    Sep 8, 2018

    Take a night hike in the Wetlands! Along with others, identify animals we observe and hopefully see some in action. Participants MUST bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress appropriately for

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  • Pond Dipping

    Sep 16, 2018

    Join other nature enthusiasts at the Wetlands Learning Center to catch and observe which macro-invertebrates can be found in our teaching pond. Guests will use nets and strainers to discover the

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  • Earthworms Under Your Feet

    Sep 20, 2018

    If your only experience with earth worms is when it rains and they're all over your sidewalk, take a visit into the woods for a night hike! These deaf, blind, and spineless creatures have the ability

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  • Fall Bird Migration Walk

    Sep 22, 2018

    Spend some time walking on the boardwalk and short trails while discussing the fall migration of local birds. Remember to dress for the weather and to bring binoculars. Ages 12 and up.

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  • Butterfly Hike

    Sep 29, 2018

    Have you ever been up close with a butterfly? What about a dragonfly? Use nets to catch some of the Forest's prairie residents and check out the variety of colors and patterns on their wings. Dress

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  • Tools of the Nebraska Phase Culture

    Sep 30, 2018

    See some of the tools of the Nebraska Phase Culture and learn about what they used to survive and thrive in Fontenelle Forest 100s of years ago.

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