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 

  • Urban Turtle Festival 

  • Monarch Festival 

  • Choose Your Own Adventure (Available until December 31, 2020!)

public hikes & Programs

#OptOutside

Friday, November 27 from 10:30am to 12:00pm

On Black Friday, #OptOutside and join us at Eagle Marsh for a family friendly hike. We will begin this hike by meeting at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Please dress for the weather, boots are recommended. 

This activity is free; however, you will need to email a.munger@lrwp.org or call 260-387-0399 to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

Trees in Winter

Saturday, December 12 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

What are trees doing in winter? How can you tell what a tree is by its bark? Are trees helpful for animals in the winter time? Come join us for a winter tree hike at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, as we answer all of these questions and more!

This activity is free; however, you will need to email a.munger@lrwp.org or call 260-387-0399 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.

At this time, there are no Short Hikes for Short Legs programs scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

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

December

Eagle Marsh barn

November

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

Eagle Marsh west entrance (Boy Scout office parking lot)

 

Breakfast on the marsh

Each month at 8:30am - Well-seasoned nature lovers (50+), join us for a nature presentation. Please register with us by emailing Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org, or calling 260-387-0399 to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. 

The Place Behind the People

Thursday, November 12 from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us in person (at Indiana Wesleyan University - Fort Wayne Education and Conference Center, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne) or virtually (via Zoom) for a presentation by Tom Swinford of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He will present “The Place Behind the People” and cover the natural history of the region and how that determined human use.

Please email a.munger@lrwp.org or call 260-387-0399 to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance and note whether attending in person or via Zoom. In person reservations are limited to 20 attendees per IWU's request. 

The Indiana Forest Alliance 

Thursday, December 10 from 8:30am to 9:45am

Join us in person (at Indiana Wesleyan University - Fort Wayne Education and Conference Center, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne) or virtually (via Zoom) for a presentation by Rae Schnapp of the Indiana Forest Alliance as she discusses the Indiana Forest Alliance organization, projects they are working on, as well as their Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Please email a.munger@lrwp.org or call 260-387-0399 to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance and note whether attending in person or via Zoom. In person reservations are limited to 20 attendees per IWU's request. 

 

Volunteer events

Weed Wrangle

Saturday, November 21 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Celebrate Family Volunteer Day by improving wildlife habitat in your community! 

Weed Wrangle is a nationwide effort to educate homeowners and nature lovers on proper identification and removal of invasive plant species that crowd out native habitat. Join us at the LRWP Office, 5000 Smith Rd, Fort Wayne, to learn why and how to identify invasive bush honeysuckle, then hike with us on our newest property to remove as many of these as we can! Removing invasive species is crucial to preserving biodiversity, and we can't do it without you.

 

Please bring your own loppers or hand saw if you can, no chainsaws please.

 

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