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

Soarin’ Hawk: Owls of the Area

Friday, December 9, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Volunteers from Soarin’ Hawk will bring several owls common to the area and share information about each one. After the presentation, Bob Walton of Soarin’ Hawk will lead a short owl hike and teach us how to “call down” owls. Bring a flashlight if you want. Dress for the trails and the weather. Fun for all ages.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Seeds Animals Eat in Winter

Wednesday, December 21, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult). Using a variety of seeds found on the marsh, we’ll start with a hands-on activity in the barn, then go outside to explore the “grocery store” of the marsh, looking for plants with seeds and who might be eating them. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Walk the Winter Woods

Saturday, January 14, from 9:00am to 10:30am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn for a walk through the woods, learning how to identify trees by the buds that were set months earlier, the trees’ bark, and the adaptations they make to living on a wetland. We’ll start in the barn exploring parts of trees and testing our skills, then hike the trails that wind through our woods. Fun for all ages.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: What Lives Under the Snow?

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

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Snow is beautiful, but have you ever thought about what lives beneath it? We’ll start in the barn with “snow boxes” to discover and identify what animals winter on the marsh. Then we’ll hike looking for tracks and trying to find animal homes. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with a Wetland Hike

Thursday, February 2, from 10:00am to 11:30am

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.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Thursday, February 2, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Winter Birds of Eagle Marsh

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

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.

Prairies in Winter

Saturday, February 18, from 9:00am to 10:30am

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.


Little River Ramblers

Little River Ramblers

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

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.


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 Liz Hincks at 260-478-2515 or l.hincks@lrwp.org  so we can be sure to have enough food.

If Bridges Could Talk

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

Many of our area’s older bridges span beautiful areas and some are an important part of our history. Join engineer Bill Etzler, LRWP board president, for a presentation about area bridges, their historical importance, and changes to our community during their “life span.”

Riverfront Fort Wayne

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

Alison Gerardot, Director of Programming and Events for Riverfront Fort Wayne, will talk about the progress and changes that the riverfront development plan for the downtown area has made in the past year and what will be happening in 2017.

You’re Going to Love LRWP in 2017!

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

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.


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.