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Volunteer events

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Volun-beer with us the first Thursday of every month!

Thursday, February 6, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, March 5, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, April 2, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us at Hop River Brewing Company, 1515 N Harrison St, Fort Wayne IN 46808, for an evening of stewardship and volunteering! This is a fun way to get together with friend, family, other volunteers and your community. We will be cleaning seeds collected from the marsh, so that they can be used this fall to sew bare areas,in the spring to grow plants in our hoop house, or to create more native habitat throughout our community.

This is an all ages venue, children are welcome too! If you don't enjoy beer, that's okay, there's plenty of good food and non-alcoholic beverages there too.

Support a local non-profit and a local brewery while having fun with family and friends!

For questions, please email Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org or Aly Munger at a.munger@lrwp.org.

Volunteer Kick Off

Saturday, April 18, from 9:00am to 10:00am

Newly interested and seasoned volunteers are welcome to join us as we launch another great year of working with the LRWP community! We will be meeting at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne.


Come enjoy breakfast treats and hear about the upcoming events of 2020 and learn how you can be a part of them. You’re welcome and encouraged to bring along your family or anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. We will also honor a volunteer with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Please email Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org or call the office at 260-478-2515 to RSVP by April 10.  

Annual Spring Clean-up

Saturday, April 18, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Help us protect our preserve’s habitats and the wildlife that depend on them at this annual event by helping to remove winter’s trash. Bring garden rakes, grabbers, any useful tools, trash bags, and work gloves (waterproof recommended) if you can and be ready to get wet and muddy. Great event to bring family and friends along too! We will be meeting at the Eagle Marsh gateway parking area (west of green gate) off Engle Road.

training programs

Please contact Maraiah Russell at m.russell@lrwp.org or 260-478-2515 with questions, or to sign-up for the training's listed below.

Hoosier Riverwatch Intro-Learn About Our Watershed

Wednesday, January 29, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where does all the water go? Listen to Sharon Partridge as she explains the flow of local waterways, and how a watershed works. She'll talk about the Hoosier Riverwatch program, and how you can get involved. This training will take place at our Little River Wetlands Project office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne.

iNaturalist Training

Saturday, March 7, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Meet us at the Little River Wetlands Project office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, as we learn how to observe changes and use the app iNaturalist to contribute to biodiversity science, both locally and globally! Recording the changes that plants and animals go through over the course of the year is a great way to monitor the overall health of the surrounding environment. Collect data to be used by scientists worldwide, or to create your own field guide. Join us for information about this community science project and how you can participate.

Nest Box Monitor Training

Saturday, March 14, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Have you noticed the bluebird boxes located around the trails? Have you ever taken a moment to watch who’s coming and going? Join us at the Little River Wetlands Project office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, for Nest Box Monitor Training. During this training, you will learn how to safely check on and record what’s happening in those boxes! This training will focus on the smaller bluebird nest boxes, so no wading necessary. 

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.