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

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 or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, January 27, 12 to 1:30am. “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 or 260-478-2515 for information.

Saturday, February 24, 11 to 12:30am. “Winter Birding, lead by Freya.” 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 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 or contact Dana Clausen at,, 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.