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Fontenelle Forest

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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.

Health Protocol
  • Masks Required-Staff:
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  • Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits:
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  • Health Protocol Statement: Before visiting the Forest, please read our detailed list of reopening guidelines on our website so that you know what to expect when visiting.
  • Health Protocol Link: https://fontenelleforest.org/coronavirus/
  • Mobile Payments Accepted:
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Amenities
General
Hours and Price - General
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Price: $11.00 adults; $10.00 seniors (ages 62+); $8.00 children (ages 2-17); Free for ages 2 and under; Free for members (sales tax included)
Personal Protection - Health Protocols
  • Masks Required-Staff:
  • Masks Required-Guest:
General - Health Protocols
  • No Contact Services:
  • Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits:
  • Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced:
  • Social Distance Markings/Signage:
  • Social Distance Furniture Configurations:
  • Health Protocol Statement: Before visiting the Forest, please read our detailed list of reopening guidelines on our website so that you know what to expect when visiting.
  • Health Protocol Link: https://fontenelleforest.org/coronavirus/
  • Mobile Payments Accepted:
  • Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations:
  • CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures:
  • Open For Business:
Events
  • Sunday Trekking in the Forest

    Aug 16, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020 Recurring weekly on Sunday
    Join the Forest's Naturalist Educators each Sunday on a guided hike along the beautiful trails of Fontenelle Forest. The hike will last 2 hours, traversing easy to moderate terrain. Each Sunday guests
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  • Yoga at the Forest

    Aug 23, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 Recurring weekly on Sunday
    Enjoy a gentle Hatha-style yoga class surrounded by the beauty of the Forest. Classes will include breathwork, gentle postures, and final relaxation. Bring your own mat, water, and any personal items
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  • Trick-or-Treat in the Forest

    Oct 17, 2020
    Head to the Forest for an evening of tricks and treats! Young kiddos will enjoy an epic leaf pile, crafts, and, of course, trick-or-treating with woodland creatures along the ADA wheelchair certified
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  • Night at the Forbidden Forest

    Nov 13, 2020
    Unleash your inner child and immerse yourself in the magic of Fontenelle Forest! Journey out into the forbidden forest to hunt for Horcruxes, or take your O.W.L.s via a pub quiz that will challenge
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  • Holiday at Hogwarts

    Nov 14, 2020
    Be transported to Hogwarts at Fontenelle Forest! Witches, wizards, and muggles alike are invited to experience the magic of the Forest at this family-friendly event. Visit owls and other raptors, and
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  • Owl Prowl

    Nov 21, 2020
    Explore the mysterious world of owls – the night hunters! Experience an up-close visit with Fontenelle Forest's education owls, and learn about habitats, what they eat, and the special adaptations
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