Special Events

Eagle Marsh Gateway Grand Opening

Saturday, October 8, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Park at 7201 Engle Road, Fort Wayne; meet at the Eagle Marsh entrance on Engle Road. Join LRWP, Ducks Unlimited, and their supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Gateway to Eagle Marsh entrance area and 5K Continental Divide Trail. You’ll view the unveiling of a new Eagle Marsh entrance sign and learn about two plaques, one recognizing those who helped LRWP purchase Eagle Marsh and the other naming Duck Unlimited members who have made significant contributions to wetlands conservation in Northeast Indiana. At 10:30AM, take an inaugural hike on the new Continental Divide Trail overlooking almost the entire preserve. This hike is also part of the Allen County Trailblazers program.

Bats with Bob Walton

Friday, October 14, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Bat expert Bob Walton will bring some of the bats he’s rescued and teach us interesting facts about this vital flying mammal found in Allen County. Then he’ll lead a hike exploring some areas of Eagle Marsh that bats frequent during their early evening flights.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Bats, Our Flying Friends

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

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.). Bats are important flying mammals found on the marsh. Join us as we explore interesting aspects of bats, make our own bat, and hike the marsh exploring where bats live and what they need to survive.

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.



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


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.