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

 
  • Earth Day Fort Wayne - Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Urban Turtle Festival Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2020

  • Monarch Festival - Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser) - Exciting Changes are Coming - Date TBD

public hikes & Programs

iNaturalist-City Nature Challenge

April 24-27

The City Nature Challenge is an annual, global, community science competition to document urban biodiversity. The challenge is a bioblitz that engages residents and visitors to find and document plants, animals, and other organisms living in urban areas. Participating is as easy as taking a picture! Everyone can participate, from school age to senior citizen. Join us in recording who and what lives in Fort Wayne. Contact Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 for more information.

 

short hikes for short legs

 

Third Wednesday of each month at 9:00am - 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.

Short Hikes for Short Legs: For the Birds

Wednesday, May 20, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Migrate to the Eagle Marsh barn to learn about birds, migration, and their nesting and eating habits. 

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

March, June, September, December

Eagle Marsh barn

May, August, November

Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot)

April, July, October

 

Breakfast on the marsh

Second Thursday of each month at 8:30am - Well-seasoned nature lovers (50+), join us for a light breakfast and nature presentation at the Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, Room 102/104, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. Please register with us by emailing Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org, or calling 260-478-2515, so we can be sure to have enough food.

In an effort to discontinue single-use items at our programs, please consider bringing your own coffee mug to our Breakfast on the Marsh event!

Fossils and Their Modern Relatives

Thursday, May 14, from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us this month for "Fossil Plants and Their Modern Relatives," a presentation by Larry Yoder, PhD., featuring hands-on examples of coal age plant fossils and modern relatives. Larry is a trained botanist, educator, and a maple syrup farmer.

 

Volunteer events

Volun-beer with us the first Thursday of every month!

Thursday, May 7, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, June 4, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us at Hop River Brewing Company, 1515 N Harrison St, 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 venue is all ages, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages too.  

For questions, please email Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org.

 

training programs

 

There are no training programs currently lined up. Please check back soon!

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

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--park in the grassy area near the sign, but use caution if the area is wet.

  Google Map of Arrowhead Preserves

Eagle Marsh main gate (open during scheduled events)

6801 Engle Road. 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.

  Google Map of Eagle Marsh

Little River Wetlands Project Office

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)

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