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Fontenelle Forest:
This 1300 acre forest is a privately funded nonprofit organization and includes 17 miles of trails and a mile-long boardwalk. There is a marsh with an overlooking observation blind. A small combined nature center and museum is open from 8-5 daily, while trails are open dawn till dusk. A bird checklist of 246 species is available. Organized bird and nature hikes, as well as other programs, are available. Admission fee.

Located in Bellevue off of Hwy 75. Turn left onto Chandler road, at Bellevue Blvd turn right and follow until you reach the nature center.

Contact Information:
Fontenelle Nature Association
1111 N. Bellevue Blvd.
Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone: (402) 731-3140

Schramm Park State Recreation Area:
Schramm Park's 330 acres sits along the Platte River. This area also has 3 miles of trails and offers great views. The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium can be found here, as well as the state's first fish hatchery. State park entry permit required.

Located 6 miles south of I-80 exit 432.

Contact Information:
Schramm Park SRA
15810 Hwy 50
Louisville, NE 68037-2880
Phone: (402) 234-6855

Chalco Hills Recreation Area and Wehrspan Reservoir:
The 245-acre Wehrspann Lake is surrounded by 940 acres of trees and grasses. There are more than 7 miles of trails to hike, bike, or jog. There is an arboretum, natural resource center, a wildlife observation platform, and a universally accessible fishing pier.

Located near Highway 50 and Interstate 80. It is bounded by I-80, 168th St., and Giles Road.

Contact Information:
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District
8901 S. 154th St.
Omaha, NE 68138-3621
Phone: 402-444-6222

Walnut Creek:
Walnut Creek is a 105-acre flood control reservoir surrounded by a 450-acre park with tall grasses and newly-planted trees. This area is great for fishing, hiking, bicycling, nature study, and other recreational uses.

South of Highway 370 and west of 96th St.

Contact Information:
Walnut Creek
City of Papillion Public Works
145 West 2nd Street
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: 402-597-2043

For local lodging information, attractions, shopping and more, visit www.gosarpy.com

Information Provided by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and www.nebraskabirdingtrails.com

Fontenelle Forest photo provided by Fontenelle Nature Association

Schramm Park State Recreation Area photo taken by Greg Hartel

Chalco Hills and Wehrspan Lake photo provided by Papio-Missouri River NRD

Walnut Creek photo provided by Papio-Missouri River NRD