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October is Membership Appreciation Month -
31 days dedicated to celebrating YOU!

October is our favorite time of the year - Member Appreciation Month! Join us at the Forest for an entire month of exciting, member-only events, giveaways, discounts, and more. Your support of Fontenelle Forest is vital to our success - Thank you!

Member-only exclusives for October:

  • Enjoy unique member-only events for people of all ages - from Trick or Treat in the Forest for children to Beer on the Boardwalk for adults. There‚Äôs something for everyone! Space is limited, so register early.
  • Enter to win a prize each time you visit the nature center. Make sure to mention Member Appreciation Month at the Front Desk to be entered. Winners will be drawn once a week throughout the month on Thursdays.
  • Enjoy 20% off in the Nature Center Gift Shop.
  • Up to four of your guests can be admitted at half price every time you visit in October.
  • Give the gift of nature - Gift memberships are $5 off each level.

Click here to view the calendar for October.

Discover the World Around You!

Join Fontenelle Forest today and over 2000 acres of land will become your backyard to explore as often as you like. Your entire family will enjoy weekly programming, special events, educational classes, and unique encounters that bring a new adventure with every visit. Whether you enjoy the quiet wild or become inspired to care for the natural world, Fontenelle Forests offers 365 days of adventure.

Members enjoy all of these benefits:

  • Free admission to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Neale Woods for 12 months
  • 26 miles of marked trails within the extraordinary Loess Hills
  • Two wheelchair accessible boardwalks with Missouri River and wetland views
  • Diverse ecosystems, hidden lakes, and rare wildflowers
  • A premier birding location with over 246 recorded species
  • Family-friendly exhibits
  • Acorn Acres: a forest playscape with nine exploration areas
  • Habitat Hollow for indoor play and learning
  • Unique entertainment options: critter encounters, guided hikes, children's programs
  • Free members-only events and other programming
  • 10% discount at The Gift Shop at Fontenelle Forest
  • Subscription to Fontenelle Forest's newsletter "The Leaflet"
  • Free or discounted admission to over 180 nature centers nationwide through ANCA
  • Every time you visit, two of your guests can receive 1/2 priced admission
  • Discounts on Winter and Summer Camps
  • Access to trails before and after hours
  • and much more!



One adult
Two Individuals
Two adults living in the same household
Two adults and children (under the age of 18) living in the same household or grandchildren

Become a Patron

All Patron memberships are fully tax-deductible.

Patron Level


Additional Benefits

Patron $150 - $249 Four guest passes
15% gift shop discount
Supporting Patron $250 - $499 10 guest passes
20% gift shop discount
Sustaining Patron $500 - $999 10 guest passes
25% gift shop discount
Distinguished Patron $1,000 - $2,499 20 guest passes
30% gift shop discount
Benefactor $2,500 + 20 guest passes
35% gift shop discount

Give the Gift of Nature!

Share your love of Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods and its programs! Give a gift that your family, friends, and colleagues can enjoy throughout the year by purchasing a gift membership (see available levels below). Whether you purchase your gift membership online, by phone, or in person, we can customize your special gift with a brief message on your behalf.

Click here to purchase a gift membership.