Events & programs

Urban turtle festival weekend 2019

Brew and BBQ

Saturday, June 8, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on Saturday, June 8th as we kick off the second annual Urban Turtle Festival weekend with a 21 and over Urban Turtle "Brew and BBQ" at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne) from 5-8pm. Mad Anthony's Brewery will be unveiling a new brew crafted on behalf of Eagle Marsh and our turtles. The evening will provide delicious Shigs In Pit BBQ, short hikes, and a raffle. Click here to purchase tickets.

Family Festival

Sunday June 9, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us on Sunday, June 9th from 1-5pm for this free, family festival portion of the Urban Turtle Festival Weekend. All ages are welcome at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne) to view and learn more about live Eagle Marsh turtles, visit education stations, participate in activities, and listen to presentations. Food will be available for purchase.

This festival weekend is the highlight to a project that LRWP launched in 2018 focusing on sustainable urban turtle conservation efforts including habitat restoration and education. LRWP staff and volunteers are gaining a better understanding of the turtle populations at Eagle Marsh in order to provide the best management practices and educational opportunities to maximize turtle sustainability. Research opportunities in 2018 included turtle trapping, looking for nesting turtles, and gather information regarding the number of turtles that meet their demise on Engle Road. Ongoing research will continue in 2019 with valuable information provided to LRWP so that we may continue to employ the best management practices at Eagle Marsh.

This will be a very cool weekend, but will take a lot of hands on deck to make it the best it can be! If you have free time, we would love your helpvolunteering during a shift at the event. Click here for shift times and job descriptions. Please email Maraiah Russell at with questions or to sign up over the phone.

Turtle research and event funding provided by Aqua IndianaNIPSCO, the NIPSCO Environmental Action GrantEngineering ResourcesOmniSourcePurdue Fort WayneEnvironmental Resources Center at Purdue Fort Wayne Mad Anthony Brewing,  and Shigs In Pit BBQ. We are grateful for their support in helping us pursue this opportunity!