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VOLUNTEER

volunteer information

Feel free to contact Eva Curtis, our Preserve Steward, at e.curtis@lrwp.org, or by calling 260-667-3414.
 

COMMUNITY SCIENCE

Dive into exciting citizen science projects, contributing real data while exploring our preserves. Please RSVP with Eva by email (e.curtis@lrwp.org) or phone (260-667-3414) .

Monarch Monitoring Training

Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 12pm

Eagle Marsh Barn 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

Join our team of monitors to check for monarch butterfly adults, caterpillars, and eggs at Eagle Marsh and Arrowhead Preserves. This is part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Program by the University of Minnesota. Training will cover identifying monarch life stages and how to record data. Monitoring occurs weekly from July to September, with substitutes available. If you are a trained monitor and want to continue this season, please let us know.

RSVP with Eva at e.curtis@lrwp.org or call 260-667-3414 to ensure we have enough materials.

 

Thank you Kathleen and Jenny for running this training!

Hoosier Riverwatch Training

Monday, June 24th from 5:30pm to 7pm

Eagle Marsh Gateway Parking 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

Help us monitor the quality of waterways coming into and flowing from the marsh. Jump into this wet project and learn what it takes to be a community scientist! We'll meet at a local waterway and teach attendees how to use simple chemistry tests and macroinvertebrate identification as indicators of aquatic habitat health. We'll provide all the equipment and knee boots if you need them.

 

A brief virtual pre-session presentation is required, so make sure to register in advance! 

RSVP with Eva at e.curtis@lrwp.org​ or call 260-667-3414.

Butterfly Monitoring Training

Saturday, June 29th from 10am to 11:30am

Eagle Marsh Barn 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

Join Russ Vorhees on June 29 from 10-11am at EM Barn, Eagle Marsh, for the "Know Your Butterflies" field training session as part of the Michigan Butterfly Network monitoring project. This in-person, outdoor session will demonstrate butterfly monitoring methods and data collection. Become a citizen scientist by tracking and recording butterfly species at Eagle Marsh. 

 

Viewing the Part 1 training is required before attending; email Eva at e.curtis@lrwp.org for link.

Thank you Russ for running this training!

VOLUN-BEERING
Join us the 1st Wednesday of every month at Hop River Brewing Co. for an evening of stewardship amongst new and seasoned LRWP volunteers! This is an all ages venue, so bring the whole family. 

VolunBeering

Wednesday, June 5th from 6pm to 8pm

Hop River Brewing Co. 1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


Join us and other volunteers, at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) for an evening of stewardship!  This is a great way to support us at Little River Wetlands Project and a local brewery. This is an all ages venue, so children are welcome. If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, they have plenty of food options and non-alcoholic beverages too.

 

Thank you Hop River Brewing Co. for allowing us to use your space!


TRASHY THURSDAYS

Join us on the first Thursday of each month to volunteer in keeping our wildlife safe and our preserves clean. We alternate between Smith Road and Engle Road every other month from 10 am to noon. Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants. We'll provide safety vests, gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and snacks. This program is not suitable for children under 15; they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, please call with any questions. Cleanup will be cancelled if it's raining.

 

Thursday, June 6th from 10:00am to 12pm

LRWP Offices: 5000 Smith Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804



STEWARDSHIP WEDNESDAYS
Invasive Species Removal at the east side of Eagle Marsh
5000 Smith Road Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Pollinator Planting!

Wednesday, June 12th   5:30-7:30    

Eagle Marsh Barn 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

 

Join us in planting native plants to support the pollinators that call Eagle Marsh home! Please meet us Wednesday, June 12th, at 5:30 at the Eagle Marsh Barn. We will be planting hydrophilic native plants along the gravel drive. This area used to be littered with invasive reed canary grass, but thanks to our stewardship team, it's now ready to grow native plants! Help us continue to improve the quality of Eagle Marsh at this family friendly event! Gloves and hand tools will be provided. It is recommended to bring your own water bottle and to wear boots! 


Transplanting Party!

Monday, June 17th   9-11am   

Eagle Marsh Barn   6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

 

Join us Monday, June 17th, from 9-11AM to transplant native seedlings! Our seed to marsh program has been growing exponentially, and we have many trays of seedlings that are running out of room! Help us give these precious natives the room they need to grow and thrive. All supplies, including gloves, will be provided- just bring your own water bottle and a smile! This Monday's activity is occurring in place of our regularly scheduled Wednesday stewardship - we will be back next Wednesday with Honeysuckle.


Honeysuckle Removal

Wednesday, June 26th    5:30-7:30pm   

Eagle Marsh East 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

 

Join us at this stewardship event to remove invasive bush honeysuckle! We will start by learning how to identify this shrub, followed by removing as much of it as we can. Gloves and hand tools will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle and wear boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty! Meet at the LRWP office, located at 5000 Smith Rd.- we will be working at the preserve across the street.

 

Email Eva (e.curtis@lrwp.org) to RSVP for these events! 

Volunteer Events

Become a Volunteer Today!

At Little River Wetlands Project, we're on a mission to restore and safeguard natural areas, enriching the lives of both people and wildlife. Our free nature programs offer invaluable experiences to the community, but we know that our impact can only grow stronger with the help of passionate volunteers like you!

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Photography: Capture the beauty of our properties and events, sharing our story through captivating visuals.

  • Trail Guides: Lead educational programs, sharing your love for wetlands with visitors of all ages.

  • Community Outreach: Be a voice for our cause, spreading awareness and enthusiasm for our projects.

  • Community Science: Dive into exciting citizen science projects, contributing real data while exploring our preserves.

  • Maintenance: Put your skills to use, whether it's fixing things, operating machinery, or lending a hand with upkeep.

  • Office Assistant: Keep our operations running smoothly, assisting with organization, filing, and mailings.

  • Preserve Stewardship: Roll up your sleeves and get involved in everything from seed gathering to tackling invasive species.

  • Trail Stewardship: Help maintain our trails, ensuring they remain accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

  • Large Events: Play a vital role in our major events, from education to logistics and everything in between.

  • Trash Clean Up: Pitch in to keep our preserves pristine, whether it's joining a cleanup event or picking up as you hike.

Reach out to us at info@lrwp.org or give us a call at (260) 478-2515 for more information.

Ready to dive in? Fill out our volunteer application online today: Apply Here

Become a Volunteer
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