Heron Haven 11809 Old Maple Rd. Omaha, Ne. (402)-493-4303
Mailing Address: PO Box #103 Boys Town, NE, 68010-0103
The building and office will be closed until further notice. The trails will remain open. We ask you follow all CDC and Douglas County Health Department recommendations while visiting Heron Haven. Click here for Social Distancing
Heron Haven... A walk on the wild side!!! _____________________
Heron Haven is a spring-fed wetland sanctuary. The sanctuary features one of the last oxbow wetlands of the Big Papillion Creek and it is within Omaha's city limits.
Heron Haven is an important educational and research asset to the Omaha community. Biology and ecology students from local schools and universities use the wetland to conduct ecological studies and surveys of native species of plants and aquatic animals. Heron Haven also has a spacious Education Center where lectures and short courses on conservation, birding, photography and natural history are offered. The Education Center also houses a small nature museum and a reference library containing books, periodicals, and videos.
City Nature Challenge Activity for the week of April 11-17, 2021
Don't think you have enough space to do an activity for City Nature Challenge? Here's a mini challenge: What can you discover in One Square Foot or One Square Meter? Sit and observe for five, ten or thirty minutes. What do you see? Dig down and see what you can find below the surface. You'll be amazed at what all comes into view.
Looking for an adventure? Come join us for City Nature Challenge 2021. Become a Citizen Scientist at Heron Haven May 1, 2021. Volunteers will be on site from 9:00am-12:00pm to assist or guide you in your venture. We will, once again, be partnering with Mulhall’s.
What is City Nature Challenge? It is “an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.” https://citynaturechallenge.org/ Bring your smart phone or camera. Upload your photos to the iNaturalist web site/app. Bring your nature tools: a magnifying glass, guides, or just your curiosity and treasuring hunting skills. You will not be disappointed. What might you find? Perhaps you will find an exoskeleton, macroinvertebrate, avian, flora, fauna or fungi. Starting April 1st, stay tuned to our website for weekly nature activities your family might engage in.