Fontenelle Forest’s first-ever nature day camp specifically designed for children in wheelchairs will take place this week.
The Bellevue camp, “Wheeling Through the Forest – Have to Have a Habitat,” is intended for children from ages 6 to 11 with an adult or teen companion.
It will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and focus on what plants and animals need to survive, how they adapted to meet these needs and the differences between a forest and a wetlands habitat.
Campers will meet animals, conduct experiments and more.
They’ll tour the Raptor Woodland Refuge and spend a day in the wetlands observing aquatic life.
“We believe everyone benefits from spending time in the forest – fresh air, the quiet space away from urban development, the opportunities to learn from the land and animals,” Fontenelle Forest Executive Director Merica Whitehall said in a news release.
The camp is $135 for members, $200 for non-members. Those interested can register online at fontenelleforest.org/camps.
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Get quality tee-time for the whole family with Family Golf Days through Omaha Parks and Recreation. Events will be at Spring Lake Golf Course, 4020 Hoctor Blvd., on May 13; Westwood Golf Course, 12929 West Center Road, on May 20; and Steve Hogan Golf Course, 6315 N. 30th St., on May 21. Events include free hot dogs, chips and soda. Kids can play in bounce houses and take their best shot at "GOLFZILLA." More information.
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Kids and their families can give back at this family fun run/walk on Sept. 30 at Lewis & Clark Landing in downtown Omaha. The event is a fundraiser to help pediatric cancer patients and their families with costs for housing, food and transportation. Online registration, $20 to $40, is open. More information.