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 

  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser)

public hikes & Programs

Forest Hike - International Day of Forests

Sunday, March 21 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join us on the east side of Eagle Marsh where we will be getting our boots muddy as we celebrate International Day of Forests by taking a trek through the forest on a spring signs exploration hike. Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required. Parking will be at the Little River Wetlands Project office at 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Earth Day - A Dip in the Wetland

Saturday, April 17 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we celebrate Earth Day Fort Wayne and take a closer look at what lives in the water at Eagle Marsh. We will examine these critters under a microscope and learn about what they can tell us about our water quality. This event is fun for all friends and families! Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

City Nature Challenge-Fort Wayne Area

Friday, April 30 to Monday, May 3

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! Check out our project page by clicking here. If you have questions or would like more information, please email Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org.

 

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.

Shades of Green

Wednesday, March 17 from 9:00am to 10:00am

Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we welcome the new season and investigate shades of green and signs of spring. Face coverings for adults are required.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Wetland Wonders

Wednesday, April 21 from 9:00am to 10:00am

Meet us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, for this event. Learn about swimmers, wigglers, and things that go hop in the water. We will be doing some wetland dipping to discover what lives in the water. Face coverings for adults are required.

Please 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

March, June, September, December

Eagle Marsh barn

February, May, August, November

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

Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot)

April, July, 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.

What Does Climate Change Mean for Indiana?

Thursday, March 11 from 8:30am to 9:45am

Observations over the last century show that Indiana's climate is changing. Winters are warmer, the growing seasons is longer, and rainfall is on the rise. These shifts alter the timing of ecological events, support the spread of invasive pests and plants, affect water quality, and have implications for tourism and recreation. The best available science says our climate will continue to change, with far-reaching impacts on natural and human-built systems. This presentation will put global changes into local perspective by exploring the specific ways changing climate patterns affect Indiana. This topic will be presented virtually (via Zoom) by Melissa Windhalm of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Indiana’s River Treasures: Freshwater Mussels, Indiana's Rivers, & Conservation

Thursday, April 8 from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us virtually (via Zoom) as we hear from Cassie Hauswald, a Blue River Conservation Assistant with The Nature Conservancy, as she speaks on freshwater mussels, Indiana’s rivers, and some conservation efforts underway to protect freshwater.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Eagle Marsh Turtle Research

Thursday, May 13 from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us for a hybrid presentation as we hear from Zach Kellogg, a graduate student at Purdue Fort Wayne, as he speaks on the extensive turtle research over the past 2 years that he lead. He will speak on his method, findings, and anecdotes of catching and tracking snapping turtles. This presentation can be viewed virtually via Zoom or at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne). 

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

 

Volunteer events

There are no volunteer events scheduled for the near future. Please check back soon!
 

training programs

 
Nest Box Monitor Training

Saturday, March 13 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Do you love watching birds at our preserves or in your own backyard? Join us for Nest Box Monitor Training virtual (via ZOOM) session and learn how to safely check on and record what’s happening in bird nests, natural or manmade, and contribute to this nationwide community science program.

 

After completing this training, you can monitor nests at home or as a volunteer at our preserves! This training will be led by experienced volunteer and Indiana Master Naturalist Nancy Kilduski.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

iNaturalist/City Nature Challenge (CNC) Training

Thursday, March 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn to observe wildlife and use the app iNaturalist to contribute to biodiversity science, both locally and globally! Collect data to be used by scientists worldwide, or to create your own field guide, and to participate in the second Fort Wayne Area City Nature Challenge.

 

Join us for a virtual (via ZOOM) information meeting about this community science project, and how you can participate. This training is led by volunteer and Indiana Master Naturalist Lindsey Thomson, and LRWP staff Maraiah Russell. 

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

iNaturalist/City Nature Challenge (CNC) Training

Saturday, March 20 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Learn to observe wildlife and use the app iNaturalist to contribute to biodiversity science, both locally and globally! Collect data to be used by scientists worldwide, or to create your own field guide, and to participate in the second Fort Wayne Area City Nature Challenge.

 

Join us for a virtual (via ZOOM) information meeting about this community science project, and how you can participate. This training is led by volunteer and Indiana Master Naturalist Lindsey Thomson, and LRWP staff Maraiah Russell. 

Please 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

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