Special Events

Native Plant Workshop

Saturday, April 1, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne. Pre-registration required. Homeowners, business owners and those with an existing natural area, join Betsy Yankowiak, Little River Wetlands Project Director of Preserves and Programs, 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. And 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 $10 ($8 for Conservatory members and active volunteers). Contact the Botanical Conservatory at 260-427-6440 for information and to pre-register.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Frogs are Calling, It Must Be Spring!

Wednesday, April 19, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Frog calls are one of the signs of spring, but can you identify which frogs are part of the chorus? We’ll start in the barn with a hands-on activity to discover and identify the calls our local frogs make. Then we’ll hike to look and listen for the frogs of the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh

Sunday, April 30, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne for this free family-friendly community event celebrating Earth Day 2017. You’ll enjoy conservation-oriented learning activities and presentations, wetland education stations, stewardship opportunities, a farmers market and more. Earth Day Fort Wayne continues to grow every year and is a great opportunity for businesses, nature groups and YOU to support conservation activities in our area.

Evening Hike for Frog Calls

Friday, May 5, from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Join Dani Bradtmiller, LRWP’s Preserve and Program Assistant, to learn how to identify local frogs by their calls. Then hike with Dani and use your new skills to discover which frogs live at the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Turtles

Wednesday, May 17, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Many turtles thrive at Eagle Marsh. Learn more with a hands-on activity in the barn, then we’ll hike to look for turtles and signs that they live on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Turtles of Eagle Marsh

Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Celebrate World Turtle Day by joining Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s Director of Preserves and Programs, for a discussion and hike to learn about turtles, which turtles you might see at Eagle Marsh, and ways to help turtles in our community. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Bugs are Beautiful

Wednesday, June 14, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult). Investigate the parts of an insect, build a better bug, learn about their role in food chains, and why stomping on them might steal another creature’s meal. Then hike with us to find insects of the marsh and where they live. Dress for the weather, boots recommended. 

Singing Insects

Friday, June 23, from 6:30pm to 8pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn for an evening hike to listen for and identify the songs of singing insects on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Dragonflies

Saturday, July 15, from 9:00am to 10:30am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Many kinds of dragonflies are beautiful, but did you know they’re skilled hunters as well? Hike with us to learn about these amazing insects and explore where they can be found on the marsh. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Parts and Petals of Marsh Plants

Wednesday, July 19, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) We’ll dissect plants to learn more about their parts, pieces, and importance before going out to the marsh to find our favorite native plants. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.


 

 

Corporate sponsorships are available for all events.
Please contact info@lrwp.org for additional information.

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.