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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.

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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