Events & programs

World wetlands day 2020

World Wetlands Day 2020

Saturday, February 1st

Wetlands in our community and throughout the world provide vital habitat for a great diversity of plant and animal communities. Without wetlands, many species cannot survive including a number of birds, reptiles, and amphibian species that can be found here in northeast Indiana.  

To celebrate, partners throughout Allen County are hosting events to showcase why wetlands are an important habitat in our community. Partners include Little River Wetlands Project, ACRES Land Trust, Allen County Parks, Allen County Partnership for Water Quality, Allen County Public Library, City of Fort Wayne, the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue Fort Wayne, and the Northeast Chapter of the Indiana Native Plant Society. Look forward to hikes, open houses, presentations, and a wetland seed propagation class. All events will be throughout Allen County, so there will be an event near you!

World Wetlands Day is organized by the Ramsar Convention that started in 1972 and whose mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world” (www.ramsar.org).

Help LRWP celebrate with our local and global partners the importance of wetlands and the vital role these habitats play in protecting our biodiversity.

Click here for a digital poster showing timeline of events.

Click here to download and print your passport. (Passports will also be available at the events throughout the day.)

Schedule of Events:

10am-5pm—Wetland Activities, join the Allen County Public Library for crafts and activities in the Children's Services department at the Main Branch located at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. For more information contact Angie Fetters—Nitza at anitza@acpl.lib.in.us.

​10am – Wetland Animals and Plants hike, join ACRES Land Trust for a slideshow in their office, followed by a walk through the foever-protected woods to discover the plants and animals of Cedar Creek Corridor's wetlands located at the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748. For more information, please contact Lettie Haver at lhaver@acreslandtrust.org.

​12pm – Wetlands at Work hike, presented by the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality, location is Camp Scott, 3615 Oxford Street in Fort Wayne, 46806. For more information, please contact Susan Beck at 260-427-6213 or susan.beck@cityoffortwayne.org.

​1:30pm – Wetland Seed Propagation Class, presented by Little River Wetlands Project and Indiana Native Plant Society, location is the LRWP office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Space is limited, please email Betsy Yankowiak at b.yankowiak@lrwp.org to secure your spot, or for more information.

​3:30pm – "Swamp Forests and Prairie Openings", join Allen County Parks at the Fox Island nature center, 7324 Yohne Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 for a forest hike and seed scattering activity. Admission is $2.00 per person age 7 and over. Children under age 7 are FREE. For more information, please contact Jeff Ormiston at 260-449-3180 or jormiston@allencountyparks.org.

​7pm – “Wetlands—Engines of Biodiversity", presented by Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, location is the Environmental Resources Center, Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. To RSVP or learn more, please send an email to erc@pfw.edu.