Heron Haven


Kylee Karre
Kylee Karre

About Heron Haven

Tucked away off 120th & Old Maple Road, Heron Haven stands still and steady as a sanctuary for Omaha wildlife - "even the two-legged human types."

The non-profit provides a unique experience for all who visit. Home-schoolers and community schools bring children out for education.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts come out and do projects. College students tend to do water studies. 

Park Rules

  • No pets on or off-leash are permitted.
  • The wetland is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. The gate to the parking lot will be closed at dusk!
  • Walk only on designated trails.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints.
  • Picking flowers or removing plants is prohibited.
  • No fishing, trapping, or netting of fish, or insects is allowed without permission.
  • Strollers, walkers, or wheelchairs are permitted. Bicycles, scooters, ATVs, or other wheeled vehicles are prohibited.
  • Please do not litter. Heron Haven is a "carry in, carry out" facility.
    • We do not offer trash receptacles.
  • Smoking and the use of alcohol are prohibited on the premises.
  • The quieter you walk, the more wildlife you and others are likely to see.
  • No large groups, if the parking lot is full, please come back another time or wait for some people to leave.
Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver

Dedicated To Restoration & Preservation

Heron Haven educational programs include field trips, organized hikes, Scout projects (Eagle Scouts lay gravel and help with upkeep regularly), nature photography club, monthly events, and more.

Our friendly volunteers and board members are dedicated to the restoration & preservation of our wetland sanctuary.

Become A Member

Preservation of the natural bio-diversity of this wetland 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.  


In Memory Of

David Harding (1957-2021)

As long as hearts remember
As long as hearts still care
We do not part with those we love
They're with us everywhere

Kristel Conrad
Kristel Conrad

In Memorial Requests

Heron Haven occasionally receives requests from families or friends seeking to commemorate a loved one who has passed away by placing a memorial at Heron Haven. In response to these heartfelt requests, the Board has devised an opportunity to feature a memorial on our website. If you are interested in creating a memorial for your loved one, kindly reach out to us.

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