News Briefs


  • Earth Day Fort Wayne - April 30
  • Monarch Festival - September 10
  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser) - October 21

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Dana Claussen new wetland education coordinator

Dana Claussen, a University of Saint Francis senior graduating this May and a former LRWP wetland education intern, has begun work as our new wetland education coordinator. Dana replaces Liz Hincks, who accepted a position at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in January. Please welcome Dana the next time you attend a LRWP event!

News Updates

Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh April 30

From a rain barrel decoration contest to talks about honeybee science, this year’s Earth Day Fort Wayne celebration offers activities, presentations and learning stations—all focused on protecting our natural environment. On Sunday, April 30, from 1-5PM, join staff and friends of LRWP at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road (which will be closed) for a fun, informative afternoon with activities geared for the whole family. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Check out our learning stations— displays, hands-on activities and even wildlife you can see, touch and explore
  • Catch various speakers, including Soarin’ Hawk and its live raptor ambassadors
  • Bid on a decorated rain barrel from talented young artists
  • Shop for native plants, natural honey, pressed flower décor, artwork, and more at our Farmers’ Market
  • Take advantage of free bike valet service from Fort Wayne Outfitters (the Towpath Trail goes straight to the event)
  • Talk to conservation organizations about their current projects
  • Grab a snack from food trucks—Bravas, Pizza Bomba and Jai Juice

Earth Day Fort Wayne is made possible by support from our generous presenting sponsors Aqua Indiana, General Motors, Indiana Michigan Power, and NIPSCO.

New Eagle Marsh site honors the Barrett family

A 38-acre parcel recently added to Eagle Marsh has been named in honor of the James Barrett family, long-time benefactors of LRWP. The James Barrett Family site of Eagle Marsh, at the northeast corner of Smith and Engle Roads, is a mitigation property replacing 12 acres at Eagle Marsh covered over during recent federal construction. When James Barrett III passed away in 2011, his estate (which included inheritances from James Barrett I and II) made a considerable bequest to our organization.

Eagle Marsh, already the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the U.S., is 756 acres with the addition of the new site. Nine acres there consist of natural wooded wetlands where many kinds of ducks, great egrets and sandhill cranes have been seen. In the past year a federal program cleared invasive plants in this area and restored the other 29 acres to open marsh and wet prairie by seeding them with native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers.

James Barrett III was one of the founders of both LRWP and Acres Land Trust and, with wife Patricia, provided support to LRWP from its early years until his death. A lawyer and champion of the environment, he drafted the Indiana Nature Preserves Act under which more than 200 Indiana natural areas have been dedicated.