Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting over 1000 acres of wetlands southwest of Fort Wayne, offers interesting and informative nature events this winter and spring. All are free and open to the community.


Exciting Evening Nature Programs:

– Wednesday Night Hike, February 18, 6:30-8 pm. “Twilight’s Delights.” Join LRWP’s Betsy Yankowiak for an invigorating hike through Eagle Marsh during a time when wildlife is active. Enjoy the sunset and watch the night sky as twilight diminishes into darkness and the creatures appear. Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot at the end of Olde Canal Place Road, Verizon exit on W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.

– Monday Night Nature Presentation, April 27, 7-8:30 pm. “The Wabash &Erie Canal.” Join Bob Schmidt, president of the Canal Society of Indiana, and his wife, Carolyn, editor of the society’s publication, to learn about the Canal Society and how this area was impacted by the 468-mile Wabash & Erie Canal that extended from Toledo, Ohio, to Evansville, Indiana. Meet at the Aboite Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne.

Little River Ramblers Nature Hikes at Eagle Marsh every Tuesday 9-11 am. Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot at the end of Olde Canal Place Road, Verizon exit on W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne during February, then at the Eagle Marsh barn on Engle Road, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. starting March 3.


Themed Nature Hikes First Saturday of every month:

– Saturday, February 7, 1-3 p.m. – “The Calm Before the Burn.” Join expert George Manning as he explains why parts of Arrowhead Marsh will be burned in March or April and shows us the changes to be expected afterwards. To reach Arrowhead Marsh, take Redding Drive off of W. Jefferson to Aboite Road, turn left. The preserve is 1/8 mile on the left.

– Saturday, March 7, 1-3 p.m. at Metea County Park – “Salamander Volunteer Training.” Little River Wetlands Project is partnering with Allen County Parks to conduct a population survey on a little understood wetland creature, the salamander, for the second straight year. If you may be interested in helping monitor the traps at Eagle Marsh, plan to attend this free workshop and hike. Please register by calling 449-3777 by March 2.

– Saturday, April 4, 1-3 p.m. – “The Birds are Back.” Bring your binoculars and walking shoes as expert birders Ed and Cynthia Powers lead a hike at Eagle Marsh to welcome back our avian friends. We hope to observe many water birds enjoying our beautiful preserve as they welcome the beginning of spring. Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot at the end of Olde Canal Place Road (Verizon exit on W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne).

– Saturday, May 2, 1-3 p.m. – “Marsh Babies”. Join Dr. Gary Tieben, retired professor of biology, University of St. Francis, to look for baby wood ducks, nesting bluebirds, fawns, tadpoles, and maybe even beavers while you learn how mother animals help their babies survive. Wear your hiking boots and meet at the barn at Eagle Marsh, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne.


Breakfast on the Marsh: 8-10 am, second Thursday of every month. Well seasoned nature lovers (50+), enjoy a nature presentation by a local expert, coffee and sweets at this interesting program. Please call Leslie Hamilton at 260-478-2515 or e-mail her at to learn about upcoming programs and to reserve a place as space is limited.

Little River Wetlands Project, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit land trust established in 1990. Its mission is to restore and protect wetlands in the Little River watershed southwest of Fort Wayne and to provide educational programs that inspire and challenge individuals to be good stewards of all natural resources. LRWP maintains three wetland preserves including Eagle Marsh, at 705 acres the largest preserve in Allen County. For more information, please visit <; or call 260-478-2515.

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