|About Fontenelle Forest|
Founded in 1913, Fontenelle Forest is one of Nebraska's oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation. This federally designated 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity is a National Natural Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
FF owns and manages two nature centers: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha. The properties encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands along the Missouri River in the geographically significant Loess Hills.
The mission of Fontenelle Forest is to provide a place where people can experience and enjoy the quiet wild of nature. We want to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world.
The vision of Fontenelle Forest is to be a national leader in environmental stewardship and education and the region’s premier nature center.
Fontenelle Forest employs a staff of nearly 30 part-time and full-time people within five primary departments: Development, Education, Facility Management, Land Stewardship and Visitor Services & Finance. FF is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, representing over 30 local businesses.
As a non-profit organization, Fontenelle Forest relies on the support of volunteers. To learn about our current volunteer opportunities, click here.
Fontenelle Forest flourishes through the generous support of community members, businesses and organizations. To learn about ways you can support Fontenelle Forest, click here.