Heron Haven

Heron Haven

Heron Haven


Heron Haven is a spring-fed wetland and wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary features one of the last oxbow wetlands of the Big Papillion Creek, 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 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.

Planning a Visit to Heron Haven?

Trails are open to the public sunup to sundown everyday.
Check out the Rules before your visit. 
Be sure to stop by for some fun organized events!
Don't forget your camera! 

About Us


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Preservation of the natural bio-diversity of this wetland and wildlife sanctuary has led to the formation of the 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, FRIENDS OF HERON HAVEN, which is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the natural attributes of this wetland as well as the maintenance and development of the man-made facilities and exhibits on the premises. 

​Our goals are to provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor nature study, as well as the passive enjoyment and appreciation of wetland flora and fauna.

Today, through many private donations, governmental and non-governmental grants, and annual membership dues, HERON HAVEN has become a unique inner city sanctuary complete with its nature center, boardwalk, butterfly garden, birds, and many animals, such as mink, fox, deer, turtles, woodchucks, fish, etc...that roam the grounds.  


Upcoming Events at Heron Haven

We continue to support and host events. Check out what's happening.

June Photography Club

Saturday, June 29th, 2024 at 9:30 AM


Found a lost or injured animal?

Contact Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Right Away!