Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Bellevue

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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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  • We took advantage of a windy but warm spring day to hike some of the trails. The leaves were not yet out, but the trails were in good shape. Not a lot of people so we almost had the place to... 
    We took advantage of a windy but warm spring day to hike some of the trails. The leaves were not yet out, but the trails were in good shape. Not a lot of people so we almost had the place to...  more »
  • Utilized the snowshoes available to enjoy a slightly different experience in this beautiful location. Seeing the birds of prey was a great treat! 
    Utilized the snowshoes available to enjoy a slightly different experience in this beautiful location. Seeing the birds of prey was a great treat!  more »
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  • Let's be honest, this place is great and gets 5 stars, every place has opportunity to grow and I'll mention them below but these things don't take away from the experience and 5 stars! Besides the parking (when busy) how the areas of the building that would be better if swept more from all the leaves, the floors of the area were receptions are held were not clean prior to seeing up tables and chairs, and signs for exit and enter into the parking lot (which would make driving in and out easier) would make this place a little more top notch. The staff.. OMG is amazing for asking questions and getting things you may need or more.. Take the time to visit, it's well with the trip
  • I went on a school trip here in the 3rd grade and haven't been back since the time of writing this. I came with some of my friends and we hiked around for around 3 hours. It was enjoyable, there aren't a lot of interruptions and because if the size you rarely see people. The only thing I wish I knew was that my water bottle was not large enough. It's a 32 oz bottle and I drank it within 2 hours. Other than that one problem (that was my fault) it was a great trip with some good friends.

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