We need your help!

Little River Wetlands Project restores and protects natural areas for the benefit of people and wildlife, and offers free nature programs for the community--but we can't do all this alone.

If you would like more information please contact our office at: (260)478-2515 or info@lrwp.org

Volunteer Applications can be filled out online: Apply Here

Volunteer Opportunities

Invasive Species Training Part I

Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Register by May 24 and meet at the LRWP office, 7209 Engle Road, Ste 200, Fort Wayne for Part I. Learn how to identify many invasive plant species common at our preserves and how to use EDDMaps Midwest’s app, Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN), to gather data and make reports to help natural areas. While desirable to take both parts of the training, you can take either one. For information or to register, contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org.

Invasive Species Training Part II

Saturday, June 10, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Register by May 24 and meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. In this second training, sharpen your abilities to identify species in the field and differentiate them from possible look-a-likes. While desirable to take both parts of the training, you can take either one. For information or to register, contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org.

Monarch Monitor Training

Saturday, June 17, from 9:00am to 11:00am

Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. Train to join other monitors who check weekly for monarch adults, caterpillars, and eggs at LRWP’s Eagle Marsh and Arrowhead preserves. For this citizen science program through the University of Minnesota, you will learn how to identify different monarch life stages and how to monitor. Then you’ll choose which trail you would like to monitor weekly from July through September. Substitute monitors are available to help when you need to miss. Contact Dani Bradtmiller at 260-478-2515 or d.bradtmiller@lrwp.org for information or to let her know you’re coming.



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.

How You Can Help

   Photo Documentation of Properties:
Do you like to get outside and photograph? We could use someone to document our properties and events for our website, newsletters, etc. Photos must be in digital form and submitted via email attachment.

   Trail Guides:
Would you be interested in training as a trail guide and lead groups at our properties?

   Water Testing:
All levels of expertise welcome to join quarterly chemical testing and biological assessments.

   Plant and Animal Experts:
Help inventory flora and fauna on our properties.

   Handy Persons:
Are you handy with tools? Can you fix things? How about tractors? We could use your expertise.

   Computer Tech:
Are you good with computer hardware? Or proficient with multiple computer programs?

   Office Help:
Would you like to help in our office with filing, organization, word processing, and/or database?

   Monthly Brochure Placement:
Keep a stock of LRWP’s brochures at local stores and organizations.

   Property Stewardship:
We have many ways you can help us with the maintenance and restoration of our properties.

   Removal of Invasive Species:
Rid our properties of unwanted invasives to make way for newly planted species.

Join us for seed scattering and tree plantings.

   Mowing Crew:
Get trained to drive the mower and be part of a team that will assist with a regular mowing schedule.

   Nest Boxes:
Monitor, tag, move, and maintain bluebird and wood duck boxes.

   Trail Maintenance:
Help develop new trails and keep existing trails in tip-top shape.

   Trash Clean Up at Preserves:
Trash clean-up is always appreciated.


Benefits of Volunteering

  • Fellowship with like-minded people
  • Exercise for the mind, body, and soul
  • Special training and skills
  • Invitation to special events not open to the public
  • An insiders' perspective on LRWP
  • Annual appreciation event
  • Knowing that you are helping restore much needed habitat

Volunteers on hike



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.