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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

1111 North Bellevue Blvd.      
Bellevue, NE 68005
(402) 731-3140

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Open daily, year-round from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trails open dawn to dusk for FF members (with a Keyless Access FOB*) and visitors entering before nature center closes.

*Keyless Access Fobs are issued by request during business hours at Visitor Services and require a refundable $10 deposit.

All facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
FF Closure Policy for Inclement Weather: All of FF properties are closed when Omaha Public Schools cancels classes.

Free for FF Members - Become a member today!
$7 per adult
$6 per senior (62+)
$5 per child/student (2-17)
Free for children under age 2
New! Purchase admission online. Click here.
For group rates, please click here

Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please pay your admission and pick up a trail map at the Visitor Services Desk.

Fontenelle Forest's properties are tobacco-free.

Fontenelle Forest is a great place to spend an entire day with a group of people of any age! We can host groups of any size. Reservations are not required; however, if your group needs any special accomodations, please call prior to your arrival.

Group Rate Policy

Groups with a minimum of 12 people can receive $1 off the regular admission price when:
 - Payment is made at the time of arrival
 - One payment is made for the entire group
Please keep in mind that people arriving later than the group will be charged full admission.

For questions about bringing your group to Fontenelle Forest, please contact Visitor Services at 
(402) 731-3140.

Just minutes from downtown Omaha, your nature adventure awaits!

  • 19 miles of dirt trails
  • 1,400 acres of conserved forest, prairie and marshland
  • One-mile Riverview Boardwalk, wheelchair/stroller accessible
  • Regular programs for all ages
  • Habitat Hollow indoor play area
  • Acorn Acres outdoor forest play area
  • Sense of Place Gallery featuring the natural and cultural history of FF
  • Picnic area on the plaza
  • Motorized wheelchairs available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Snow shoe rental during winter months

Explore Nebraska's Historic Forest

Take a hike through time on the History Trail at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. On this 60-90 minute walk, you will experience the Forest's fascinating history, from ancient glaciers and the Nebraska Phase Indians to Bellevue's settlement and Jim Baldwin, the famous hermit.

Neale Woods

14323 Edith Marie Ave.             
Omaha, NE 68112
(402) 731-3140

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Trails open everyday from dawn to dusk.

Neale Woods Nature Center is closed for renovations.

FF Closure Policy for Inclement Weather: All of FF properties are closed when Omaha Public Schools cancels classes.

Free for FF Members - Become a member today!
$5 per adult
$4 per senior (62+)
$3 per child/student (2-17)
Free for children under age 2
For group rates, please click here

Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please pay your admission and pick up a trail map at the pay station adjacent to the nature center during off-season hours.

Fontenelle Forest's properties are tobacco-free.

Escape to this peaceful oasis

  • Seven miles of dirt trails
  • 600 acres of conserved forest and prairie land
  • Nature center building open seasonally

 

Things To Do

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Trails

  • Walking our trails is an experience unlike any other in the Omaha metro area. Fontenelle Forest owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of marked trails within Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha.
  • Click here for maps and more information.

Birding

  • From egrets to ospreys, from cuckoos to kingfishers - nearly 250 species of birds have been recorded between Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Neale Woods during the past 10 years. Of these, more than 80 species are known to nest within FF's properties, making our lands the premier spot for birdwatching in the Omaha metropolitan area.
  • Click here for a bird checklist and more information.

Acorn Acres

  • Acorn Acres is a one-acre natural playscape that offers children a unique place for unstructured play and outdoor learning. Located within the Riverview Boardwalk at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Acorn Acres offers children a chance to be delightfully boisterous, physically active and wonderfully creative.
  • Click here for a list of activities and more information.

The Chorus of the Forest

  • “The Chorus of the Forest,” which takes place partially in Fontenelle Forest, is a rhyming story about the importance of being yourself, celebrating your uniqueness, and making good choices while in nature. There are recycled statues of the book's main characters, Kit and the Beast, standing near the boardwalk.
  • Click here for more information.

 

Tips

When Planning Your Visit

  • Keep in mind there is no charge to join most of our public programs, so browse our calendar.
  • Learn more about what you may see and hear in the forest by exploring NatureSearch, our online guide to all living things in Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods.

Before You Arrive

  • If you want to observe wildlife, bring binoculars and consider visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the animals are more active.
  • Interested in photography? Bring your camera to capture the sights and sounds of the Forest, plus a few family memories! Review our outdoor photography tips and consider joining the Photographers Club.

During Your Visit

  • Be sure to check in at the Visitor Services desk to get a map and additional information.
  • While in the forest, keep an eye out for our Rangers. They are always happy to share interesting information about the forest.
  • Acorn Acres is a wonderful place in the forest for families to experience nature through unstructured play including music, art, digging and more.
  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center has indoor exhibits that you can explore when you need to warm up or cool down.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open...you never know what you might experience. While you might not always see wildlife, you can always find signs of their presence - nests, tracks, rubbings and scat.
  • Become a member. If you enjoy your experience, you can apply the cost of your admission towards an annual membership if purchased on the day of your visit.

Looking For Solitude?

At Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, don't be afraid to venture off the Riverview Boardwalk to explore 18 miles of dirt trails. Each season offers new opportunities for visitors, but mid-summer and winter are generally less crowded than spring and fall.

 

Policies

Please help us protect the integrity of our land for future generations!

  • Trails are open dawn to dusk for visitors who enter before 5 p.m. and FF members with a Keyless Access FOB. Keyless Access Fobs are issued by request during business hours at Visitor Services and require a refundable $10 deposit. If you want to experience the forest at night, we periodically offer guided night hikes - check the calendar for upcoming programs.
  • Trails are for hiking, nature watching, photography and snowshoeing. To minimize trail erosion and disruption to wildlife - camping, running, jogging, cycling and skiing are not allowed. Hunting and fishing require special permission.
  • To minimize disturbance to local fauna, pets are not allowed, except for registered service animals that are required to assist visitors who have special needs.
  • Please “leave no trace.” We ask that you carry your trash out with you and that you stay on designated trails and boardwalks at all times. Geocaching is not allowed.
  • Collecting/taking items out of the Forest is not allowed. This includes leaves, feathers, insects, flowers, snails, plants, etc. This also includes mushroom gathering.
  • Because our land is highly flammable and too valuable to risk, all properties (including parking lots) are tobacco-free.

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