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: Spring Signs

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

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Spring is coming, but how do we know? We’ll start with a hands-on activity in the barn, then go outside to explore the marsh and look all around for signs that spring is approaching. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.  


Native Plant Workshop

Saturday, April 1, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Frogs are Calling, It Must Be Spring!

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

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.

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.


Little River Ramblers

Little River Ramblers

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

Meet at Arrowhead Prairie in February, the Eagle Marsh barn in March, and the west entrance to Eagle Marsh (Boy Scout office parking lot) in April.


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.

Beavers - Friends or Foes?

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

Join Allen County Parks’ Naturalist Jeff Ormiston to learn all about the master builders of Eagle Marsh and the Little River Valley.

The Salamanders of Eagle Marsh

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

Dana Claussen, LRWP’s new Wetland Education Coordinator, will introduce you to the hidden lives of these fascinating amphibians.


Volunteer Opportunities

Want to Volunteer with Little River Wetlands Project?

Wednesday, April 5, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org or calling 260-478-2515.

Annual Eagle Marsh Spring Clean-up

Saturday, April 22, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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!

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.


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.