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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) .

We are excited to be participating in Monarch Monitoring, Butterfly Monitoring, and Hoosier Riverwatch Community Science initiatives. If you missed the training sessions last month but still want to participate, please contact Eva Curtis at e.curtis@lrwp.org to get started.​

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, July 3rd from 6pm to 8pm

Wednesday, August 7th 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.

 

NO TRASH CLEAN UP JULY 4th

Thursday, August 1st from 10:00am to 12pm

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



STEWARDSHIP DAYS

Pollinator Partnership: Seed Collection Training

Wednesday, July 10th   6:30-8:30    

Allen County Public Library: Globe Room

We are thrilled to partner with Pollinator Partnership to bring essential pollinator habitat to Indiana! Join us for a special training session featuring Maraiah, where we'll focus on Pollinator Partnership's seed collection protocol for Project Wingspan.

Training Details: Pollinator Partnership is dedicated to increasing the quality, quantity, and connectivity of pollinator habitat across the Midwest and Great Lakes Region, including Indiana. This training will certify volunteers to collect seeds, directly contributing to habitat restoration efforts in our state. The following week, we will put our training into action! 

What You'll Learn:

  • Gain insights into the importance of native pollinators and their habitats.

  • Learn Pollinator Partnership's seed collection protocol.

  • Get certified to collect seeds for Project Wingspan, helping to expand pollinator habitat in Indiana.

 

Date & Time: July 10th from 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Allen County Public Library: Globe Room 
Registration: https://forms.gle/NHWjjigYBWpzh2416

Join us in making a difference for Indiana's pollinators!

Find out more about Project Wingspan at pollinator.org/wingspan.

 

Pollinator Partnership: Seed Collection at Eagle Marsh!
Wednesday, July 17th   5:30-7:30pm   
Eagle Marsh Barn   6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne IN 46804

Join us for a hands-on seed collection event using Pollinator Partnership's protocols for Project Wingspan. Anyone is welcome, even if you didn't make it to the training. This event will allow volunteers to apply the seed collection protocols learned at last weeks training, directly contributing to our conservation efforts. 

Please RSVP to Eva by emailing e.curtis@lrwp.org
 

Invasive Species Workshop
Tuesday, July 23rd   6:00-7:30pm  
Eagle Marsh Barn 6801 Engle Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Join us at the Eagle Marsh barn for an informative workshop led by Freya Berntson, Stewardship Chair of the INPS Northeast Chapter. Invasive species can pose significant threats to our native ecosystems, but understanding and action can make a difference.

During this workshop, you'll learn:

  • Introduction to Invasive Species: What defines an invasive species and why they are a concern.

  • Identification: How to identify invasive plants and resources to learn more.

  • Practical Solutions: Actions you can take at home and in your favorite outdoor spaces to combat invasive species.


This workshop is ideal for nature enthusiasts, gardeners, and anyone interested in preserving our local biodiversity. Don't miss this opportunity to become informed and empowered in the fight against invasive species!

Register for this workshop here: https://forms.gle/m4gry75cyjUMV9it6
 

Black Mustard Pull
Wednesday, July 24th    5:30-7:30pm  
Eagle Marsh Gateway Parking lot 6801 Engle Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Join us in removing invasive garlic mustard plants along trail 5 at Eagle Marsh. This will give the native plants the room they need to thrive, and in doing so feed insects who support the entire food web.  All supplies are provided, just wear sturdy shoes and a smile!  Meet at the Gateway Parking lot near the Eagle Marsh kiosk. 

Refer to our website or the Facebook page for program updates and cancellations!

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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