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Events & Programs

FREE NATURE PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE

For years, our community has benefited from free wetland education programs, thanks to generous donors and volunteers like you! Your support, whether through donations or your time, is vital in enabling us to carry on our crucial mission. Join us in making a difference today!

GUIDED VISIT REQUEST FOR TEACHERS & 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.

 

LARGE community events

Community Events
  • World Wetlands Day

  • Earth Day Fort Wayne - Smaller EDFW events throughout April! See below!

  • Urban Turtle Festival

  • Frog-a-palooza (fundraiser)

  • Monarch Festival - Save the date! 

MONARCH FESTIVAL 2024 🦋
Sunday, September 8th, 2024 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Join us for the Monarch Festival, a free large community event. It is apart of Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown while learning and experiencing the importance of the wetlands right in the community. Experience the beauty of the marsh while celebrating the Monarch's Trip back to Mexico.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

If applicable, please register at least 24 hours in advance by clicking the link under each event. Feel free to contact Aly Munger, our Wetland Educator, at a.munger@lrwp.org, or by calling 260-387-0399.

PUBLIC HIKES & PROGRAMS


Hike with State Botanist Scott Namestnik

Thursday, May 9th from 11:00am to 1pm

 

Embark on an immersive nature hike through our easternmost Eagle Marsh property (5000 Smith Rd 46804) led by renowned botanist Scott Namestnik. With over 25 years of expertise and a passion for preserving endangered species, Scott's guidance promises an enlightening experience for all participants. From rare plant sightings to ecological insights, this hike offers a unique opportunity to deepen your connection with nature.

Parking is at the LRWP Offices, 5000 Smith Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/xtkhh9rHUYDZtTRL8

LRWP Presents "Foraging Through the Seasons with Carrie Vrabel"

Saturday, May 25th, July 27th, and September 21st from 10am to 12pm

Little River Wetlands Project proudly presents a series of educational programs, "Foraging Through the Seasons," in collaboration with esteemed wild food forager, Carrie Vrabel. These events will be held at Eagle Marsh and these sessions offer participants a unique opportunity to explore the world of wild edibles. Led by Carrie Vrabel, a certified Wild Mushroom Identification Expert, participants will be guided on plant walks and enjoy hands-on experiences with wild edible plants.

"Foraging Through the Seasons" aims to reconnect individuals with nature, providing valuable knowledge about edible and medicinal plants while promoting safe foraging practices. Whether you're a novice enthusiast or a seasoned forager, join us as we uncover nature's hidden bounty with Carrie Vrabel and Little River Wetlands Project.

This event is held at the Eagle Marsh Barn - 6801 Engle Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804

You must register for this event. 

Register Here: https://forms.gle/N3NjH2Y47jWesVFj6

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 and boots are recommended.

Pond Exploration with Ryder from PBS!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 10:00am-11:30am

 

Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, and get ready to dip into the watery world of Macroinvertebrates! Kids will explore pond life through hands-on activities, discovering the fascinating creatures that thrive beneath the water's surface. Remember to dress for fun, with boots recommended for puddle-jumping explorations. This event is tailored for children aged 3 to 5, accompanied by a responsible adult. 

 

PBS will be out with Ryder! You'll be able to check out PBS Learning Media resources, get PBS KIDS swag, character coloring pages, take part in activities and meet Ryder, too!


RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are enthusiastically invited to join the pond-dipping excitement.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/MdxGgPbQJqREr5MR9

Nature Art

Wednesday,  June 19th, 2024 10:00am-11:00am

 

Join us at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, and unleash your inner artist in the great outdoors! Join us for a Nature Art session where little creators will use natural materials to craft beautiful artworks. Let imaginations run wild as we blend creativity with the beauty of nature. Dress for mess and outdoor play, with boots recommended for artistic adventures. This event is perfect for children aged 3 to 5, accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are encouraged to join the artistic exploration.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/STzoEg8HsYYLJHXH7

LITTLE RIVER RAMBLERS
 

Weekly LRWP Hiking Group

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


Join the Little River Ramblers, a group of adult nature enthusiasts, as we explore the everchanging landscapes of Eagle Marsh, Button Bush Bottoms, and our Arrowhead Preserves. Dress appropriately, wear sturdy rain boots, and bring binoculars for wildlife viewing. Experience dynamic outdoor adventures while fostering a deeper connection to nature in our preserves. No registration necessary, see our weather policy for cancelation info.

May 7th, 14th, 21st  - Boy Scout Office: 8315 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
May 28th - Eagle Marsh (East): LRWP Offices at 5000 Smith Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46804

June 4th, 11th, 18th  - Arrowhead Preserves: 8624 Aboite Rd, Roanoke, IN 46783

June 25th - Buttonbush Bottoms:  8533 Amber Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46814

Special thanks to Beth Ricketts, a long time volunteer, for leading this event!

BREAKFAST ON THE MARSH
Each month on the 2nd Thursday at 8:30am - Well-seasoned nature lovers (adults), join us for a nature presentation. We provide a light breakfast of muffins, fruit, and coffee. We encourage all attendees to bring their own mug to cut down on waste.

Bogs and Fens, Swamps and Forests: The Rare Plants and Natural Areas of Northeast Indiana

Thursday, May 9th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Indiana Wesleyan University Conference Center: 8211 W Jefferson Blvd, FW IN 46804


Presented by Scott Namestnik, the Botanist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana has been shaped by biotic and abiotic factors that have resulted in a present-day mosaic across the landscape of bogs, fens, seeps, swamps, floodplains, forests ranging from moist to dry, and even microprairies. Some of the plants that are found in these unique natural communities are considered rare in Indiana for a variety of reasons, including being at the edge of their geographical ranges in Indiana, having specific habitat or disturbance regime requirements, or simply being intrinsically rare plants. Join us on May 9th to hear from Indiana’s State Botanist, Scott Namestnik, about some of the natural areas present in northeast Indiana, and some of the rare plants that can be found in this part of the state.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/42Ft41C2CmmHugU57

Public Hikes & Programs
Short Hikes for Short Legs
Ramblers Hike
Breakfast on the Marsh

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Opportunities

Feel free to contact Eva Curtis, our Preserve Steward, at e.curtis@lrwp.org, or by calling 260-667-3414.

VOLUN-BEERING
Join us the 1st Wednesday of every month at Hop River Brewing Co. for an evening of stewardship amongst new and seasoned LRWP volunteers! This is an all ages venue, so bring the whole family. 

VolunBeering

Wednesday, May 1st from 6pm to 8pm

Hop River Brewing Co. 1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


Join us and other volunteers, at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship!  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 food options and non-alcoholic beverages too.

 

Thank you Hop River Brewing Co. for allowing us to use your space!


TRASHY THURSDAYS

Join us on the first Thursday of each month to volunteer in keeping our wildlife safe and our preserves clean. We alternate between Smith Road and Engle Road every other month from 10 am to noon. Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants. We'll provide safety vests, gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and snacks. This program is not suitable for children under 15; they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, please call with any questions. Cleanup will be cancelled if it's raining.

 

Thursday, May 2nd from 10:00am to 12pm

Eagle Marsh: 6801 Engle Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804



STEWARDSHIP WEDNESDAYS
Invasive Species Removal at the east side of Eagle Marsh
5000 Smith Road Fort Wayne, IN 46804


May 8th - No Stewardship

 

On May 13th, and 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, join us in removing invasive garlic mustard plants along trail 11 at Eagle Marsh. This will give the native plants the room they need to thrive, and in doing so feed insects who support the entire food web. No prior experience is necessary; all supplies are provided, just wear sturdy shoes, muck boots recommended, and a smile! Meet at the LRWP office: 5000 Smith Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Register by clicking the links below!


Register Here: May 13th https://forms.gle/zUYGwYZ7CDPs2XEa6

                         May 22nd https://forms.gle/Lq6vcuDRWRFn2ze39


 

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.

Weather Policy

Directions

Directions
ARROWHEAD MARSH & 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. Weather permitting, the gate is open Tuesday-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
& EAGLE MARSH EAST PARKING

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

EAGLE MARSH WEST PARKING AT SCOUT OFFICE

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

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