Heron Haven



Want to become a citizen scientist?

April 29th, 2023 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

On-site experts will help you ID nature treasures. Free event to the public. Bring camera (or phone camera), comfortable shoes, and a water bottle.


Free Invasive Species Workday

Session #1: Friday, May 19th | 1 PM - 4 PM

Session #2: Sunday, May 21st | 9 AM - NOON

Session #3: Sunday, May 21st | 1 PM - 4 PM

Join Heron Haven Nature Center for an invasive species volunteer clean-up day!
Volunteers will be helping Heron Haven remove invasive bush honeysuckle from the forest understory.

We encourage volunteers to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, and hand saws to help remove Honeysuckle. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, safety glasses, and water bottle to ensure their safety and comfort. We also recommend wearing closed-toe shoes, pants, and a long sleeve shirt. A water refill station and some snacks will be provided.

Participation in this volunteer activity does require signing Heron Haven’s safety waiver which will be available the day of.

Address: 11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha Nebraska 68164

Annual Meeting *Members Only*

11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha, Nebraska 68164 | 7 PM | April 26th, 2023

All members in good standing are invited to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting of Friends of Heron Haven which will be held at the Nature Center, 11809 Old Maple Road, on Wednesday, April 26th at 7PM.

Hot and cold beverages and an assortment of light comestibles will be available.

What: The opening program will be presented by a special guest: Dakota Altman, a producer and instructor with the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, which is devoted to the preservation of the Platte River, the aquatic resources of which are seriously overcommitted. He will present a video program which he helped produce that, with the use of drone cinematography, vividly and beautifully portrays the wetlands of the Platte basin with an environmental awareness, scope and splendor that has never been witnessed before. Believe me, this should not be missed!

The second feature of the evening will be a presentation and Q&A of the major changes, including Papio-Missouri NRD and Nebraska Environmental Trust grant-supported capital improvements, that have occurred in the years since the last “in person” Annual Meeting and a consideration of current and potential future projects. Questions and comments by the membership would be most welcome.

Why: The answer to this question goes back to the founding of our organization by Ione Werthman. This dedicated woman, sadly now departed, placed a high priority on maintaining close relations with the community and most particularly on the core membership of Friends of Heron Haven, virtually every one of whom
was an avid supporter of our institutional mission: the preservation of the Heron Haven wetland as an educational and recreational asset.

Photography Club

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023 | 9 AM

Join us for the return of the Heron Haven Photography Club! 📸 This club will be led by Craig Horobik with assistance from Mike Benkis. Craig is an adventure photographer that frequently travels to various National Parks, and Mike is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer. Both teach photography at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
This club will be available to all Heron Haven Members. A link to become a member is at the bottom or on the Heron Haven website.
Photo Club will meet on a monthly basis to better photography skills, participate in fun photo challenges, and create a community of nature photographers. The club is open to all ages, but we ask that children are accompanied by an adult.
Club Contact: craighorobik@gmail.com
Heron Haven Membership: https://heronhaven.org/become-a-member/

Ethical Rules:

  • No pets on or off-leash are permitted.
  • The wetland is open to the public from dusk to dawn 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.


REOCCURRING EVENT: Geocashing at Heron Haven

Geocaching is an incredible outdoor recreational activity, in which individuals use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches," at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

Hunters can participate in year-round caching at Heron Haven. Click on the links for helpful hints: