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? Starting this December, 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.
Park at 7201 Engle Road, Fort Wayne; meet at the Eagle Marsh entrance on Engle Road. Join LRWP, Ducks Unlimited, and their supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Gateway to Eagle Marsh entrance area and 5K Continental Divide Trail. You’ll view the unveiling of a new Eagle Marsh entrance sign and learn about two plaques, one recognizing those who helped LRWP purchase Eagle Marsh and the other naming Duck Unlimited members who have made significant contributions to wetlands conservation in Northeast Indiana. At 10:30AM, take an inaugural hike on the new Continental Divide Trail overlooking almost the entire preserve. This hike is also part of the Allen County Trailblazers program.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Bat expert Bob Walton will bring some of the bats he’s rescued and teach us interesting facts about this vital flying mammal found in Allen County. Then he’ll lead a hike exploring some areas of Eagle Marsh that bats frequent during their early evening flights.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.). Bats are important flying mammals found on the marsh. Join us as we explore interesting aspects of bats, make our own bat, and hike the marsh exploring where bats live and what they need to survive.
Pre-registration required; includes lunch. Meet at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne. Homeowners, business owners, and those with an existing natural area, join Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs at LRWP, 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. 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 $5 ($3 for Botanical Conservatory members or active volunteers). Contact the Botanical Conservatory August 5 or after 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.). We’ll start in the barn using individual sand boxes and resin molds to compare our tracks to those of animals that live on the marsh. Then we’ll hike looking for the tracks and trails the marsh animals leave behind.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. We’ll start in the barn exploring the facts and folk tales of winter weather forecasting, then hike the trails looking for actual signs of the winter season to come. Fun for all ages.
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn in August, September and October and at Arrowhead Prairie in November. Hike and explore the interesting plants and animals of our preserves.
Diana Cavell, Executive Director of Trees Indiana, will provide useful information on which kinds of trees can complement your soil conditions and benefit the ecosystem as well as which trees to avoid, the best time to plant, and how to plant for optimal success.
Diane Hunter and Doug Peconge, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers for the Miami Nation, will talk about the impact that the Miami Nation had on Northeast Indiana in the past and what the Nation is doing in Allen County now.
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.