Events & Programs

LRWP’s free nature programs and events serve all ages!

Field Trips for Classes/Groups

Click here for an application to bring a class/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 discuss an event for your group, please email Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org.

community events

 
  • World Wetlands Day

  • Earth Day Fort Wayne 

  • Urban Turtle Festival

  • Monarch Festival - Sunday, September 12, 12-5pm

  • Frog-a-palooza (fundraiser) - Saturday, October 16 630-930pm

public hikes & Programs

Volun-beering

Wednesday, August 4 from 6pm to 8pm

Join us, and other volunteers in the community, at Hop River Brewing Company (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship and volunteering!

This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Eagle Marsh's Sweet Sixteen Party!

Saturday, August 14 from 11am to 1:00pm

You’re invited to Eagle Marsh’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday party! Join us for a celebration of the 16th Anniversary of Eagle Marsh. We will be providing a variety of sweets and treats for you to enjoy while Betsy Yankowiak chronicles the extraordinary journey of this large urban wetland restoration. The party will take place at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Birthday gifts are accepted in the form of good will donations.

 

After our celebration, long-time member Janet Osterholt will discuss oceanic life and link this to how wetlands are a huge help in providing clean water that eventually reaches the oceans. Janet’s presentation will be followed by a geology presentation and geology hike.

No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Geology Hike with Betsy Yankowiak

Saturday, August 14 from 1pm to 2:30pm

Meet us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we join Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP's Director of Preserves and Programs, for a program that will be sure to rock! We will go back in time and learn about the geology of the area and how it shaped what we call Eagle Marsh today.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Volun-beering

Wednesday, September 1 from 7pm to 8pm

Join us, and other volunteers in the community, at Hop River Brewing Company (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship and volunteering!

This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

First Day of Fall Hike

Wednesday, September 22 from 1pm to 2:30pm

The night is such an incredible time at the marsh. Join us for a Sunset Hike at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. We will explore what happens at the wetlands as the sun goes down. Please dress for the weather, boots are recommended.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Volun-beering

Wednesday, October 6 from 6pm to 8pm

Join us, and other volunteers in the community, at Hop River Brewing Company (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship and volunteering!

This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Myths and Creepy Crawlies

Wednesday, September 22 from 1pm to 2:30pm

Join us at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we learn debunk common myths about different critters. We will also learn about the lives of some of the coolest creepy crawly critters. Please dress for the weather, boots are recommended.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Volun-beering

Wednesday, November 3 from 6pm to 8pm

Join us, and other volunteers in the community, at Hop River Brewing Company (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship and volunteering!

This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Volun-beering

Wednesday, December 1 from 6pm to 8pm

Join us, and other volunteers in the community, at Hop River Brewing Company (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship and volunteering!

This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

 

short hikes for short legs

This event is fun for children ages 3 to 5 with a responsible adult. Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Please dress for the weather, boots are recommended, and face coverings for adults are required. Please register at least 24 hours in advance by clicking the link under each event. Feel free to contact Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org, or by calling 260-387-0399 with any questions.

From Here to There

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

Join us for an exploratory program at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne) that connects our wetland restorations to the health of our oceans. We will learn about how what we do here affects the oceans and the creatures that live there. We will explore our watershed with an activity and short hike. We are excited that long-time member Janet Osterholt will bring her seashell collection and talk about all the creatures that depend on us to keep our water clean as it flows to the ocean.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Nature Art

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

Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne) for a fun day of exploring how we can be creative outdoors! Nature is inspiring and this will be a day you won't want to miss. Make sure you wear clothes that can get a little messy.

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

 

Little River Ramblers

Every Tuesday, from 9:00am to 11:00am

Dress for the weather, boots are recommended. Bring binoculars if you'd like a close-up view!

Arrowhead Prairie

September, December

Eagle Marsh barn

August 3, 17, 24, 31, November

Eagle Marsh east (Meet at LRWP office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne)

August 10

Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot)

October

 

Breakfast on the marsh

Each month at 8:30am - Well-seasoned nature lovers (50+), join us for a nature presentation. Please register at least 24 hours in advance by clicking the link under each event. Feel free to contact Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org, or by calling 260-387-0399 with any questions.

Groundwater: A Primer on the Water Resource that Sustains Everything

Thursday, August 12 from 8:30am to 10:00am

Join us for a hybrid presentation that can be viewed virtually (via Zoom) or in person at Indiana Wesleyan University, 8211 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Presenter, Tony Fleming, will explore northeast Indiana’s groundwater resource – where it occurs, how it behaves, and the all-important interaction between groundwater and the surface water resources we often take for granted. In the process, we’ll ask: Where does groundwater come from? How much is there? Is that enough? 

Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

 

Weather policy

All programs are cancelled if any of the following conditions occur within Allen County:

  • Southwest Allen County Schools close due to inclement weather

  • A winter storm warning is issued

  • A thunderstorm warning is issued

  • A tornado warning is issued

  • Hikes are cancelled if the heat index is 100° F or greater

  • Hikes are cancelled if the wind chill is 10° F or colder

For other inclement weather or dangerous site conditions not mentioned above (ie. flood conditions, downed power lines), programs may be subject to cancellation if deemed unsafe.

If there is lightning seen or thunder heard (by an adult) during a hike, ALL PARTICIPANTS AND LRWP VOLUNTEERS must return to the barn.  The scheduled event on the marsh can continue 30 minutes after the last lightning was seen or thunder heard.  The program is allowed to continue in the barn.

 

Directions

 
Arrowhead Marsh & Arrowhead Prairie

8624 Aboite Road, Roanoke, IN 46783. Both Arrowhead preserves are on Aboite Road southwest of Fort Wayne, Indiana. From Fort Wayne, take Route 24 (Jefferson Blvd.) past Homestead Road and turn left on Redding Drive. Proceed about 1.5 miles to where Aboite Road T’s into Redding Drive. Turn left and go about a block: Arrowhead Prairie is on the right--park near the buildings. Arrowhead Marsh is on the left--parking to access either preserve will be at Arrowhead Prairie. The gate will be open for scheduled programming only. Please do not park in front of gate when closed, you may park in front of the split rail fence area.

  Google Map of Arrowhead Preserves

Eagle Marsh Green Gate

6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. From West Jefferson Boulevard, turn east on Engle Road. Travel approximately 1/2 mile and turn south on gravel road. Travel down the gravel road to the red and tan barn. The gate is open Monday-Thursday from 11am-3pm. Please do not park in front of gate when closed, you may park at the Gateway Parking Lot paralleling Engle Road.

  Google Map of Eagle Marsh

Little River Wetlands Project Office
(Parking for Eagle Marsh East)

5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Located on the southwest side of Smith Road from the intersection of Smith and Engle.

  Google Map of Little River Wetlands Project Office

West Entrance to Eagle Marsh
(Boy Scout Office Parking Lot)

8315 W. Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Turn off at Olde Canal Place Road (opposite Lutheran Hospital entrance on W. Jefferson Blvd.) and proceed to the end of the road. 

  Google Map of Boy Scout Office