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 - February 2, 2021

  • Earth Day Fort Wayne 

  • Urban Turtle Festival

  • Monarch Festival 

  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser)

public hikes & Programs

Fort Wayne Area City Nature Challenge 2021 Info Meeting

Thursday, January 28 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fort Wayne and surrounding counties are on the community science map again in 2021, as we participate in our 2nd City Nature Challenge! Join us to learn about this exciting 4 day global nature competition where everyone is welcome to participate, taking place April 30-May 3. Using iNaturalist, it is a fun way to document the plants and animals that live among us, and all with the click of a picture! Join us virtually (via Zoom) to see what the excitement is about, and learn how you or your organization can get in on the fun.

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

Full Moon Hike

Friday, January 29 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Imagine hiking with a full moon above brightly shining down across the wetland landscape. Bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night. Join us for this full moon hike at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. The hike will be easy going and last about 1.5 hours. Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required.

Please click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance
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World Wetlands Day Hike

Tuesday, February 2 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

It is World Wetlands Day and we are inviting you to join us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, for a celebration hike and seed scatter. On this hike we will explore our incredible, local wetland and learn all about why wetlands are important for wildlife and the community. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required.

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

Birding Hike

Saturday, February 13 from 9:30am to 11:00am

Join us on this birding hike for all ages, starting at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. We will go over birding tips and techniques before we take a hike on the trails to see what birds we can see. You can then utilize these tips and tricks to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are in your own backyard, during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required.

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

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.

 

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.

Wintering Marsh Animals

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

Meet us at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we learn about all of the animals that tough out our cold Indiana winters. Face coverings for adults are required.

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

Birding Hike

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

Migrate to the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, to learn about birds, migration, and their nesting and eating habits. Face coverings for adults are required.

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

January, 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.

Best Management Practices for Cleaning Up Stormwater

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

Join us virtually (via Zoom) for a presentation by Jacquelyn Buck of the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality to learn about stormwater and ways you can improve stream health. Stormwater is the rain or snowmelt that is not absorbed by the ground, but is instead funneled through pipes into our rivers. Stormwater is one of the leading causes to water pollution in our rivers, but it also serves as one of the biggest areas we can improve through best management practices around our homes.

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

Natives in the Landscape – from Naturalistic to Formal Design

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

Join us virtually (via Zoom) as we hear from Sean Nolan of Sanctuary Native Landscapes and take a closer look at the role native plants can play in your home landscape – from naturalistic to formal design. We will take a brief look at important “players” in the native landscape movement (past and present), discuss design ideas and methodologies, showcase and discuss examples of successful native landscapes, and more.

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

 
There are no training programs scheduled for the near future. 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