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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-478-2515 for information.
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.
Meet at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne. Pre-registration required. Homeowners, business owners and those with an existing natural area, join Betsy Yankowiak, Little River Wetlands Project Director of Preserves and Programs, and other experts from the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society for this informative workshop. You’ll learn why native plants are critical to a healthy, diverse Indiana ecology; how to create simple, habitat-friendly corridors by using native plants in landscaping; and strategies for keeping problematic invasive plants out of your garden or natural area. And you’ll walk away with a free native seed packet to get your new plantings started! The workshop will also cover how to manage natural areas on your land for native plants and remove invasive species. Admission fee $10 ($8 for Conservatory members and active volunteers). Contact the Botanical Conservatory at 260-427-6440 for information and to pre-register.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Frog calls are one of the signs of spring, but can you identify which frogs are part of the chorus? We’ll start in the barn with a hands-on activity to discover and identify the calls our local frogs make. Then we’ll hike to look and listen for the frogs of the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dana Claussen, LRWP’s new Wetland Education Coordinator, will introduce you to the hidden lives of these fascinating amphibians.
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.
Join us to learn about these ancient and amazing reptiles, at least five species of which live on the marsh.
Join Warren Pryor, professor of biology at the University of Saint Francis, as he talks about freshwater mussels and their importance to our environment.
Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne to learn about our many volunteer opportunities and how you can be a part of them. You’ll enjoy hot dogs (Kosher and veggie available) and s’mores around the campfire with fellow volunteers or, in case of rain, we'll have pizza in the barn. Join us for this laid-back event as we launch another great year of working with the LRWP community! Please RSVP with food preferences by March 31 by emailing Dani Bradtmiller at email@example.com or calling 260-478-2515.
Meet at the new Eagle Marsh gateway parking area (west of green gate) at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Join us at this annual event to protect our preserve’s habitats and the wildlife that depend on them by helping to remove winter’s trash. Bring garden rakes, grabbers, any useful tools, trash bags, and work gloves (waterproof recommended) if you can and be ready to get wet and muddy. Bring family and friends, too!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-478-2515 for information.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for information or to let her know you’re coming.
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.