Earth Day buying native plantsEarth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, 1 to 5PM, and is a free, family-friendly event with something for everyone-from a decorated rain barrel contest to booths featuring conservation tips, wetland/nature presentations, a drawing for special prizes, and more. Presenting sponsors include AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, Aqua Indiana, General Motors, and NIPSCO, with further support from a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

“Last year this event attracted more than 2,200 participants, and we expect more this April,” says Amy Silva, executive director of event host Little River Wetlands Project. Earth Day Fort Wayne will be held at LRWP’s Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne.

Many of the day’s presentations and activities will focus on conservation, including environmentally-friendly landscaping. Attendees can vote for the most attractive rain barrel (donated by Aqua Indiana and Craft Laboratories, then decorated by a school or Scout group) and bid on the barrels for their own yards, with the proceeds supporting LRWP. To help pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds, native plants will be available for purchase and guests will be invited to plant native plants at the preserve.

The event will also feature:

•Booths at which event sponsors provide conservation tips and giveaways

•Booths of local environmental groups offering information about their work on behalf of nature and conservation

•Demonstrations of native raptors (owls, hawks) by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab

•Presentations by experts on a variety of nature topics

•Free colorful Earth Day Fort Wayne T-shirts given to the first 200 attendees

•Interactive wetland/nature education stations offering learning for all ages

•Many special activities for children

•A farmers market and food vendors

Little River Wetlands Project is a local land trust that protects almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in our area and offers free wetland/nature education programs for our community. Its 716-acre Eagle Marsh preserve is the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the US.

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