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 Eagle Marsh barn. Join people all around the world who are also celebrating World Wetlands Day as we explore some of the preserve’s trails and learn more about why wetlands are so important to us all. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.
Meet at the Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. People all over the world will be celebrating the importance of wetlands today! Join Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s Director of Preserves and Programs, to learn more about wetlands, why they are important, and what you can do to help preserve and restore wetlands around you.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn.(For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Many birds, including owls, eagles and herons, spend the winter at our preserves. In the barn we’ll learn about these birds and others using life-sized models. Can you fit inside an eagles’ nest? Ride on their wings? Then we’ll hike to look for winter birds, the signs they leave at the marsh, and the plants that feed them. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.
Meet at the Arrowhead Prairie parking lot. Prairies are an important ecosystem within our wetlands even in winter. Join us as we hike the preserve looking for the birds and other wildlife that live there and the winter plants that feed them. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn in October and December, Arrowhead Prairie in November and February, and west entrance to Eagle Marsh (Boy Scout office parking lot) in January. Hike and explore the interesting plants and animals of our preserves.
Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s Director of Preserves and Programs, will share highlights of 2016 and tell you of the exciting events and changes planned for 2017.
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.