Frogapalooza to honor the Lupke Family October 21

Get ready for an evening of fun and fundraising at LRWP’s Frogapalooza 2017, presented by Phillips Financial Services and Brooks Construction Company, from 6:00 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, October 21 at the Fort Wayne Country Club.  You’ll help us honor longtime LRWP supporters Duane and Carol Lupke along with their children Diane, Mark, David and Andrea as Hidden Heroes of Conservation. Their contributions to the growth of Eagle Marsh include giving major support for the purchase of wet farmland that was to become Eagle Marsh and on-going support for various annual projects.

The event will begin with drinks (cash bar), hors d’oeuvres and a chance to bid on the silent auction items from entertainment packages to hard-to-get sports tickets.  After dinner, a live auction will offer getaways, specialty items, gift baskets, and more! Here you will find your official invitation.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, September 6, and are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight.  There are 3 ways to purchase tickets:

1) Visit Eventbrite

2) Call our office at 260-478-2515

3) Mail your check to LRWP, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Dress is business casual, and all are welcome to attend.  Limited seating is available so be sure to purchase your tickets early.

 

LRWP’s free nature programs and events serve all ages!

Public Hikes

Friday, October 27, 6:30 to 8pm. “Soarin’ Hawk: Owls.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Come join us in the barn for an evening to learn about these amazing creatures! Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab will bring several kinds of owls found in the area and share information about each. Then, Bob Walton will lead a hike to show us how to “call down” an owl. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, November 18, 9 to 10:30am. “Fall Birding 101.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh trailhead, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. We’ll meet at the trailhead and discover the many birds that either migrate south, or call our area home all winter long. Then we will walk along Trail 5 to listen for and spot our little flying friends. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, December 9, 10 to 11:30am. “Tracks & Scat.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Winter is a wonderful time to spot animal tracks in the snow! We will first discuss how to recognize the tracks and scat made by many of the animals at Eagle Marsh. Then, we’ll hike to spot and identify the tracks and scat seen. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

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 Dana Clausen at, d.claussen@lrwp.org, or 260-478-2515 for more 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: Arachnids

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

We’ll start in the barn learning about the lives of these eight-legged friends. Then, we’ll take a short hike to look for where to find these amazing creatures and their famously intricate webs.This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.

Frogapolooza 2017

Saturday, October 21st, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Frogapalooza to honor the Lupke Family October 21

Get ready for an evening of fun and fundraising at LRWP’s Frogapalooza 2017, presented by Phillips Financial Services and Brooks Construction Company, from 6:00 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, October 21 at the Fort Wayne Country Club.  You’ll help us honor longtime LRWP supporters Duane and Carol Lupke along with their children Diane, Mark, David and Andrea as Hidden Heroes of Conservation. Their contributions to the growth of Eagle Marsh include giving major support for the purchase of wet farmland that was to become Eagle Marsh and on-going support for various annual projects.

The event will begin with drinks (cash bar), hors d’oeuvres and a chance to bid on the silent auction items from entertainment packages to hard-to-get sports tickets.  After dinner, a live auction will offer getaways, specialty items, gift baskets, and more!  

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, September 6, and are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight.  There are 3 ways to purchase tickets:

1) Eventbrite

2) Call our office at 260-478-2515

3) Mail your check to LRWP, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Dress is business casual, and all are welcome to attend.  Limited seating is available so be sure to purchase your tickets early. Here you will find your official invitation.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Bats

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

Bats are important flying mammals found on the marsh. Join us as we explore interesting aspects of bats, make our own bat, and then take a short hike to explore where bats live and what they need to survive. This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Tracks and Scat

Wednesday, December 13, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Whenever an animal walks on the marsh, it leaves footprints. We’ll start with interactive fun in the barn creating animal tracks in sandboxes. Then we’ll go outside to explore the trails looking for where animals have walked. This part hike, part interactive educational activity-event is open to the public with a curriculum and trail length appropriate for kids ages 3-5 years. Meets at Eagle Marsh barn, Eagle Marsh Ft. Wayne.


Little River Ramblers

Little River Ramblers

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

Come spread your social butterfly wings and ramble about nature while on a 2 hour long hike. This event is open to the public and welcomes all seasoned nature lovers. This hike allows you to enjoy the interesting plants and wildlife our preserves have to offer. Dress for the weather, boots recommended. Meets at the Eagle Marsh barn in September, and December, Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot) in October, and Arrowhead Prairie in August, and November. 


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.

Bats

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

Join Bob Walton, local bat expert, to learn about these flying mammals and the important niche they occupy in our ecosystem. Bob will bring several different Indiana bats with him.

Looking Back on 2017, and Forward to 2018

Thursday, December 14, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s director of preserves and programs, will discuss LRWP’s accomplishments in 2017 and share the goals set for 2018. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project.


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.