LRWP’s free nature programs and events serve all ages!

Earn a Wetland Badge

Did you know you can earn a colorful wetland badge to show your support for LRWP and encourage others to get involved with wetlands? All you have to do is attend 10 hours of LRWP’s free wetland education programming and volunteer for 15 hours with LRWP—at your own pace. The badge cost is $5. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Do you have your Nature Passport? 

Families4Nature is a year-long calendar of programs and events offered by LRWP, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and IPFW's Environmental Resources Center to encourage parents and kids to explore the outdoors. The Nature Passport can be turned in for free Zoo tickets and other incentives when families complete simple outdoor activities such as taking walks or attend outdoor events sponsored by LRWP and the other two partners. Learn more and print your passport at kidszoo.org/conservation/you-can-help/ or contact Liz Hincks at l.hincks@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Field Trips for classes/groups can also be arranged.

Apply to bring a youth group to a LRWP preserve.

Teachers, let us know what you're studying and we can tailor a program that's relevant to the classroom. Scouts, our staff and volunteers can work with you to meet requirements for different badges. Trips are arranged on a first come, first served basis.

Adult groups may also wish to visit our preserves or volunteer. Please call us if your employee group, club, hiking group, birding group, church group, senior program or other community group is interested in a guided visit or might like to volunteer at an event or for stewardship.

Offsite presentations can be given about our preserves and programs to businesses, clubs or other community groups through special arrangements with our staff. Classroom presentations on wetland topics may also be arranged on a limited basis.

For more information or to sign up, click on the title of any event below, call 260-478-2515, or email us.

Special Events

Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh

Sunday, April 30, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne for this free family-friendly community event celebrating Earth Day 2017. You’ll enjoy conservation-oriented learning activities and presentations, wetland education stations, stewardship opportunities, a farmers market and more. Earth Day Fort Wayne continues to grow every year and is a great opportunity for businesses, nature groups and YOU to support conservation activities in our area.

Evening Hike for Frog Calls

Friday, May 5, from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Join Dani Bradtmiller, LRWP’s Preserve and Program Assistant, to learn how to identify local frogs by their calls. Then hike with Dani and use your new skills to discover which frogs live at the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Turtles

Wednesday, May 17, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Many turtles thrive at Eagle Marsh. Learn more with a hands-on activity in the barn, then we’ll hike to look for turtles and signs that they live on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Turtles of Eagle Marsh

Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Celebrate World Turtle Day by joining Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s Director of Preserves and Programs, for a discussion and hike to learn about turtles, which turtles you might see at Eagle Marsh, and ways to help turtles in our community. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Bugs are Beautiful

Wednesday, June 14, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult). Investigate the parts of an insect, build a better bug, learn about their role in food chains, and why stomping on them might steal another creature’s meal. Then hike with us to find insects of the marsh and where they live. Dress for the weather, boots recommended. 

Singing Insects

Friday, June 23, from 6:30pm to 8pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn for an evening hike to listen for and identify the songs of singing insects on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Dragonflies

Saturday, July 15, from 9:00am to 10:30am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Many kinds of dragonflies are beautiful, but did you know they’re skilled hunters as well? Hike with us to learn about these amazing insects and explore where they can be found on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Parts and Petals of Marsh Plants

Wednesday, July 19, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) We’ll dissect plants to learn more about their parts, pieces, and importance before going out to the marsh to find our favorite native plants. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.


Little River Ramblers

Little River Ramblers

Every Tuesday, from 9:00am to 11:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn in March and June, Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot) in April and July, and Arrowhead Prairie in May to hike and enjoy the interesting plants and wildlife of our preserves. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.


Breakfast on the Marsh

Second Thursday of each month at 8:30am - Well-seasoned nature lovers (50+), join us for a light breakfast and nature presentation at the Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, Room 102/104, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. Please register with Dana Claussen at 260-478-2515 or d.claussen@lrwp.org  so we can be sure to have enough food.

Become a Friend to Mason Bees and other Native Pollinators

Thursday, May 11, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join Dani Bradtmiller, LRWP’s Preserves and Programs Assistant, to learn about mason bees, a valuable native pollinator. Also find out how to raise them or help them, along with other pollinators, in your own backyard. 

Tenacious Turtles

Thursday, June 8, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us to learn about these ancient and amazing reptiles, at least five species of which live on the marsh.

Mussels of Indiana

Thursday, July 13, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join Warren Pryor, professor of biology at the University of Saint Francis, as he talks about freshwater mussels and their importance to our environment.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Earth Day Fort Wayne!

Sunday, April 30, from 8:00am to 7:30pm

Interested in volunteering for a two- or three-hour shift at this fun community event celebrating Earth Day? We’ll need help with set-up, parking, education stations, greeting, information stations, clean up, and more. Shifts will tentatively be: 9 to 11:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., noon to 3 p.m., 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. and 4:45 to 7:30 p.m., with a few likely needed earlier (7 to 8 a.m.). Contact Dani Bradtmiller at d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Invasive Species Training Part I

Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Register by May 24 and meet at the LRWP office, 7209 Engle Road, Ste 200, Fort Wayne for Part I. Learn how to identify many invasive plant species common at our preserves and how to use EDDMaps Midwest’s app, Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN), to gather data and make reports to help natural areas. While desirable to take both parts of the training, you can take either one. For information or to register, contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org.

Invasive Species Training Part II

Saturday, June 10, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Register by May 24 and meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. In this second training, sharpen your abilities to identify species in the field and differentiate them from possible look-a-likes. While desirable to take both parts of the training, you can take either one. For information or to register, contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org.

Monarch Monitor Training

Saturday, June 17, from 9:00am to 11:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Train to join other monitors who check weekly for monarch adults, caterpillars, and eggs at LRWP’s Eagle Marsh and Arrowhead preserves. For this citizen science program through the University of Minnesota, you will learn how to identify different monarch life stages and how to monitor. Then you’ll choose which trail you would like to monitor weekly from July through September. Substitute monitors are available to help when you need to miss. Contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org for information or to let her know you’re coming.


Cancellations

Please Note: All programs are cancelled if Southwest Allen County Schools close due to inclement weather. Our hikes are cancelled if the wind chill is 10 °F or colder.