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earth day fort wayne 2019

​​Earth Day Fort Wayne 2019

Sunday, April 28, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join staff and friends of LRWP at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road (which will be closed) for our 8th annual Earth Day Fort Wayne event.

This will be a fun, informative afternoon with activities geared for the whole family. The national theme for Earth Day for 2019 is "Protect Our Species". Our hope is you walk away from our event knowing a few more things than you knew before on ways to protect our native wildlife and their habitat.

Here are some activities you can look forward to:
-Learning stations— displays, hands-on activities and even wildlife you can see, touch and explore. Fun for all ages!

-Bid on a decorated rain barrel from talented local artists with all proceeds benefiting Little River Wetlands Project


In our Presentation Tent (located in the gravel parking lot parallel to Engle Road)
1:15pm-"Urban Turtles: Science, Outreach and Management" by Dr. Mark Jordan, Biology Professor at Purdue Fort Wayne,
2:00pm-"Raptors" by Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rescue
2:45pm-"The Vitality of Eagle Marsh" by Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs, LRWP

3:30pm- Rain Barrel Contest Winner Announcements and Awards
3:45pm-"Living with Wildlife: Tips and Tricks to Co-Exist" by Jessica Merkling, Urban Biologist with the INDNR

-Shop for native plants, local honey, pressed flower décor, artwork, and fudge at our market

-Purchase a copy of  "Hello, I'm Here!", local author, Helen Frost's, latest children's book featuring a newborn sandhill crane's journey, at our information tent 

-Talk to conservation organizations about their current projects and what you can do to help conserve our environment

-Grab a snack from food trucks and vendor—Bravas, Pizza Bomba, Kona Ice, Wildwoods Grill and Young Urban Homesteaders


-Refill your reusable water bottles at Wheelin' Water's free, fresh water tank

-Ride your bicycle to the event and utilize our free bike valet, sponsored by Fort Wayne Outfitters

Click here for a map of the event

Parking is available directly on Engle Road. Please follow parking attendants and signage for the best directions and easiest maneuvering in and out of the event. Overflow parking will be in the Midwest Office Park. 

None of this would be possible without the support of our business sponsor partners. We would like to thank: Indiana Michigan Power, General Motors, NIPSCO, Aqua Indiana, and OmniSource for all you do to help us create this event.








For questions or market and partner information on this event, please email Sara Manning at