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

Little River Ramblers Nature Hikes at Eagle Marsh every Tuesday 9-11 am. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn on Engle Road, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. to explore and record the flora and fauna present. Be sure to dress for the weather!

Breakfast on the Marsh: 8–10 a.m., Second Thursday of every month. Well-seasoned nature lovers (50+), join us for a light breakfast and nature presentation at the Coventry Meadows Senior Community on W. Jefferson Blvd. Please call Leslie Hamilton at (260) 478-2515 or email crc@lrwp.org <mailto:crc@lrwp.org> to reserve a spot as space is limited.

Volunteer Workday: Saturday, May 16, 9 am-noon – Preserve Day at Arrowhead Marsh and Prairie – Help us keep the Arrowhead preserves looking beautiful. We’ll clean up our forest and trails, pick up trash, and pull garlic mustard. Bring work gloves, water bottle, and dress to be outside. We will provide bags. 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.

Eagle Marsh Nature Hike: Saturday, June 6, 1-3 p.m. – “What Does Not Belong?” Join experts to learn what is invasive to our restoration project at Eagle Marsh. This hike will teach everyone the importance of controlling invasive species and how to prevent them from crowding out our beautiful native plants. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn on Engle Road, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. and be prepared for a hike.

Open House at Eagle Marsh, Saturday, June 20, 11-3 pm. Enjoy tours of the new Eagle Marsh nature trails, live raptors, children’s activities, a nature gift, a casual cookout by Chef Jason (12-1:30 p.m), and more. Everyone welcome at the Eagle Marsh barn, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne from 11 to 3 pm. for this free event.

Children’s Wetland Wonders Days at Eagle Marsh: June 29, July 16, and August 5 from 9-11 am. Bring your family for a wetland discovery journey through Eagle Marsh. These programs will show adults and children alike what a magnificent and wonderful place our wetlands are and what they do for wildlife, people, and the environment. Call Leslie Hamilton at (260) 478-2515 or email crc@lrwp.org <mailto:crc@lrwp.org> to reserve a spot for yourself and your children.

Eagle Marsh Nature Hike: Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m– “Let’s Find the Butterflies!” Join us as we conduct our annual butterfly count at Eagle Marsh. Experts will be present to help with identification. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn on Engle Road, 1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd. and bring butterfly nets and guides if you have them.

Night Presentation Monday, July 27, 7-8:30 pm, “Pioneer Pastimes on the Little River Prairie.” Angie Quinn, Executive Director of ARCH, will take us on a journey back to the time of the pioneers and show us through a PowerPoint, maps, and photos what life was like for Little River’s earliest settlers. Meet at the Aboite Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne.

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 www.lrwp.org <www.lrwp.org&gt; or call 260-478-2515.

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