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? 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 or contact Liz Hincks at 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

Native Plant Workshop

Saturday, November 12, from 11:00am to 2:00pm

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.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Make Tracks like the Animals Do

Wednesday, November 16, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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.

Signs of Winter: Woolly Bears and Folk Tales

Saturday, November 19, from 9:00am to 10:30am

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.

Little River Ramblers

Little River Ramblers

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

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.

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  so we can be sure to have enough food.

Miami Indian Nation: A Living People with a Past

Thursday, November 10, from 8:30am to 9:45am

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.