Special Events

Short Hikes for Short Legs: "Butterflies: Living Rainbow"

Wednesday, August 16, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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

🦋Monarch Festival 2017🦋

Sunday, September 10th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

 

Join us at Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne on Sunday, September 10, from 1 to 5PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free family-friendly event to learn about, celebrate and nurture monarch butterflies.  We have combined many of our Earth Day Fort Wayne event’s with this year’s festival, including a rain barrel silent auction, guest speakers, local nonprofits, farmers market and vendor tent, along with various food trucks.

 

Visitors can view monarchs from caterpillars to adults while learning about their life cycle and amazing 2,000-mile migration at educational presentations and displays, outdoor learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages. They can also enjoy walking an interpretive trail through spectacular wildflowers to observe these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting almost close enough to touch.

 

To help monarchs recover from recent population declines, guests will be given varieties of milkweed, the only plant on which the butterflies lay their eggs, to plant at the preserve or in home gardens. They will also be able to buy native plants to help pollinators including monarchs and other butterflies, bees and birds.

 

Finally, visitors can learn to tag monarchs to help scientists learn more about their migration to Mexico. Food will be available for purchase, as will items celebrating monarchs and other pollinators. LRWP Director of Preserves and Programs Betsy Yankowiak says, “Get up close and personal with our most majestic butterflies and enjoy this fun fall event!”

 

Short Hikes for Short Legs: Wonders of Autumn

Wednesday, September 27, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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: Arachnids

Wednesday, October 18, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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: Bats

Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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: Tracks and Scat

Wednesday, December 13, from 9:00am to 10:00am

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.


 

 

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.