Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Bellevue

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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.

Fontenelle Forest 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.
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  • It was hot in Omaha, but the boardwalk trail was shady with lots of benches and signs about the trees and animals who live there. There is also a fun kids play area at the start of the boardwalk. The ...  more »
  • We love all the wooden walkways. They make exploring Fontenelle Forest super easy with young children. Also the basement kid area in the center was a fun place to cool off before you leave. My daughte...  more »
  • Did the Tree Adventure; it was fun and challenging but there's a few areas of improvement. Maybe some lockers would be nice so people could store their stuff and some better water options. Other than that, it was a great time and I recommend it for all. Just steer clear of the hardest courses unless you are in decent shape, it's no joke.
  • What an amazing place with a great history! Fontenelle is a must go to place for those who love nature. They have an ADA boardwalk as well as many other trails ranging in difficulty. They frequently host educational events and are completely non profit even though they are privately owned. The rangers do an excellent job taking care of the forest and training the volunteers that help.

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