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

Short Hikes for Short Legs: "Butterflies: Living Rainbow"

Wednesday, August 16, from 9:00am to 10:00am

This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne

🦋Monarch Festival 2017🦋

Sunday, September 10th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

 

Join us at Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne on Sunday, September 10, from 1 to 5PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free family-friendly event to learn about, celebrate and nurture monarch butterflies.  We have combined many of our Earth Day Fort Wayne event’s with this year’s festival, including a rain barrel silent auction, guest speakers, local nonprofits, farmers market and vendor tent, along with various food trucks.

 

Visitors can view monarchs from caterpillars to adults while learning about their life cycle and amazing 2,000-mile migration at educational presentations and displays, outdoor learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages. They can also enjoy walking an interpretive trail through spectacular wildflowers to observe these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting almost close enough to touch.

 

To help monarchs recover from recent population declines, guests will be given varieties of milkweed, the only plant on which the butterflies lay their eggs, to plant at the preserve or in home gardens. They will also be able to buy native plants to help pollinators including monarchs and other butterflies, bees and birds.

 

Finally, visitors can learn to tag monarchs to help scientists learn more about their migration to Mexico. Food will be available for purchase, as will items celebrating monarchs and other pollinators. LRWP Director of Preserves and Programs Betsy Yankowiak says, “Get up close and personal with our most majestic butterflies and enjoy this fun fall event!”

 

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Wonders of Autumn

Wednesday, September 27, from 9:00am to 10:00am

This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Arachnids

Wednesday, October 18, from 9:00am to 10:00am

This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Bats

Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00am to 10:00am

This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Tracks and Scat

Wednesday, December 13, from 9:00am to 10:00am

This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.


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.

Marsh Plants

Thursday, September 14, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Marsh Plants by Paul McAfee.

Appalachians

Thursday, October 12, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Appalachians by Doc Wiedman.

Bats

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

Bats by Bob Walton.

To Be Announced

Thursday, December 14, from 8:30am to 9:45am

To Be Announced.


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.