Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh, April 22,1-5pm

At Earth Day Fort Wayne on April 22nd, attendees can expect additional activities, displays, and speakers, in addition to our traditional activities.

Bring the whole family to this all ages celebration of our Earth from 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Get a close look at a tractor and Tesla to learn how these marvelous machines work and how they help Eagle Marsh and our planet. 

This year will again feature food trucks, a farmer's market, and lots of fun educational activities for participants.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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

Public Hikes

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.

Saturday, January 27, 12 to 1:30pm. "Winter Woods," lead by John Niemeyer. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Join us for a stroll through the woods, learning how to identify trees by buds that were set months earlier, the trees' bark, and adaptations they make to living in a wetland environment. We'll start at the barn, exploring parts of trees and testing our identifying skills, then we'll hike the trails that wind through our woods. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, February 24, 11 to 12:30pm. "Winter Birding," lead by Freya Berntson.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. A variety of birds live on the marsh all winter. We'll start in the barn learning about our over-wintering birds. Then LRWP's Freya Berntson will lead us on a hike to look for winter birds of the marsh. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, March 24, 10 to 11:30am. "Greening of the Marsh." Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. How can you tell when spring is approaching? Join us for a walk through the marsh to look for signs of spring; we know Spring is upon us when the plants emerge green! Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:00pm. "Frogs," Lead by Russ Voorhees Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Join us for this fun evening hike to learn about the variety of frogs populating the marsh. Have some fun and discover how to make frog calls using household items you have at home! We'll wrap up our event with an evening hike in hopes of finding frogs of different kinds and listen for their spring chorus. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact  info@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 to 11:30am. "Spring Flyers on the Marsh," Lead by Freya Berntson Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Join us for hike to discover the many types of birds that either live at Eagle Marsh, or visit us in the springtime. 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: What Lives Under the Snow?

Wednesday, January 17th, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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, during our hike, we'll identify animal tracks and homes. 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: Winter Birding

Wednesday, February 14th, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Not all birds fly south for the winter. First, we'll show our winter birds love by creating a treat for them. Later, we'll take a short hike in search of our winter feathered friends. 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: Show Me the Green!

Wednesday, March 14th, from 9:00am to 10:00am

We'll start with interactive fun at the barn looking at different "green" items common on the marsh. Then we'll go outside and explore all that has turned green at Eagle Marsh for the spring. 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: Pond Dipping

Wednesday, April 11th, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Learn about swimmers, wigglers, and things that go hop in the water. We'll start with some pond dipping to discover what lives in the water; then we'll take a short hike to find where pond critters live when they're on dry land. 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: Baby Birds and Building Nests

Wednesday, May 23rd, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Springtime means new beginnings, and chicks hatching from their eggs! Have you ever wondered what their nests are made of housing these precious babies? To begin our event, we'll learn about materials used to make birds nests and how they do it. Later, we'll put our new knowledge to the test and make our own nests, like a bird! Finally, we'll go on a short hike to hunt for nests on the marsh. 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: Turtles

Wednesday, June 20th, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Turtle themed hike. 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.

Volunteer Opportunities at LRWP

Thursday, January 11th, from 8:30am to 9:45am

A big part of LRWP's success is because of our amazing volunteers! Come hear our stories about what we've accomplished so far; additionally, learn how you can contribute to LRWP and work to support our beloved marsh. Speaker/Leader: Freya and Dana

Miami Plant Uses

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

Listen to a member of the Miami tribe share the various applications of native plants. Learn the fascinating ways which plants are consumed and used as medicine. Speaker/Leader: Dani Tippmann

Environmental Landscaping

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

Business owner, Laura Stine, has a passion for promoting native landscaping. Discover the importance of environmental landscaping and the steps you can take to improve your yard by joining us in a talk lead by her team.

Bird Counting

Thursday, April 12th, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Members of the Stockbridge Audubon Society will discuss the results gathered from bird monitoring at Eagle Marsh. Then, they will share why counting the birds is important, reveal the methodology behind the practice, and talk about upcoming bird counting events. Speaker/ Leader: Ed and Cynthia Powers

A Tour of the Galaxy

Thursday, May 10th, from 8:30am to 9:45am

The Spring and Summer skies offer a variety of celestial objects that are visible in binoculars and small-to-moderate sized telescopes. A member of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society will take us on a journey along the Milky Way, highlighting some of the more easily identifiable constellation patterns and the locations of unique objects within them. Speaker/Leader: Jon Thomas


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.