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Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Come spend a week at Salomon Farm Park! Our Farmin’ Fun Day Camp provides a stimulating, healthy and beautiful environment where you will learn about soil, plants, animals and the source of our food. Our campers will be able to continue the cycle of farm-to-table in our NEW teaching kitchen. The camp integrates hands-on farming such as gardening and animal care, cooperative games, blacksmithing, and nature exploration for a memorable and diverse summer camp experience. You will care for farm animals; hike the woods; play in the creek; learn about beekeeping; wash, dye and felt wool from one of our sheep; enjoy hayrides around the farm and much more!

Contact Eden Lamb (260.427.6008) for additional information on our 2019 Farmin' Fun Day Camp!! 

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Registration Options

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Check out the Day Camp Brochure and Register today!

Register on-line starting February 6th! 

Download the Salomon Farmin' Fun Day Camp Registration form  and register (mail, fax, or dropped off at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department) starting February 6th!


Farmin’ Fun Day Camp is held at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. in Fort Wayne.


Campers must be of minimum age by June 1, 2019. 

2019 FEES
Age                     Time                             Fee 
4-5                      9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    $57
5                         9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.      $90
6-11                    9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.      $90
12 (FIT)               9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.      $85
13-18 (CA)           9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.      $70

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#2 .............................................June 17-21
#3 ............................................ June 24-28
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#5 ..............................................July 15-19
#6 ............................................. July 22-26

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Camp Care
AM Camp Care, 7:00-9:00 a.m., $25
PM Camp Care, 4:00-6:00 p.m., $25
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What to Bring
Sack Lunch (non refrigerated) (full day campers only!)
Canteen or Water Bottle
Insect Repellent
Long pants/Change of Clothes
Swimsuit, towel, water shoes

Confirmation Notices
Campers will receive an e-mail confirmation the week prior to their camp session with all the information needed for the upcoming week. Keep a look out for this email! (If you do not have an email address on file your confirmation will come in the mail.)
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“Farmers in Training” is designed to provide children ages 12 and older a more active role in the care of livestock, vegetable gardening, hands-on beekeeping, blacksmithing, farm tours, and campfire cookouts on Fridays. Farmers in Training harvest and sell their vegetables at the Farmer’s Market in addition to participating in games and other fun activities. 

"Counselors in Training" is for campers 13-18 years of age who have completed 2 weeks of F.I.T. Counselors in Training are role models for the younger campers. The program is designed to train youth how to be confident leaders among their peers. C.I.T.s will have opportunities to learn important teambuilding, leadership and agricultural skills as they assist camp counselors in leading activities. The program is limited to 8 campers per week. Each camper will be required to submit two references to complete their registration.

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Camp Buddies
Children who wish to attend camp together must indicate this on the registration form and both children must request it. We will do our best to place the campers together as requested, however, due to the volume of registrations and the lottery processing system along with the age groupings for effective learning, we cannot guarantee it.

Specialized Staff Training

We provide specialized training for our seasonal staff that includes Child Safety and Awareness, Customer Service, First Aid and Infant, Child, and Adult CPR, General Safety Training, among other topics.

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 The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will offer program scholarships for qualified children as funds are available.

To register for a class (excluding Zoo classes/programs) and receive one of the limited number of scholarships, please check out the information below for a list of qualifications. 

Registration Information


Please review the Youth Scholarship Policy Flyer. If a school letter is not available, alternative official documentation includes:


* A copy of the applicant family’s most recent U.S. Internal Revenue Service Tax Return form (Social Security # blacked out).


* A letter from the State indicating qualification for Food Stamps.


To Register:

In Person:

Fill out the registration form and bring it with the letter from your school stating that you qualify for the free lunch and free textbooks to: 705 E. State Blvd.  Please bring a method of payment (credit card, check, cash) for additional fees over $50.


FAX your school letter stating you qualify for the free lunch and free text books to 260.427.6020. Include your credit card number on the registration form for additional fees over $50 in case your request is denied and the entire amount will be processed on your credit card.

For Questions:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2019 Sponsors

The Youth Scholarship program is made possible by the generous donations from corporate partners. We’d like to offer more kids the opportunity to play with the Parks – and encourage more corporations to get involved! Just call Sarah @260-427-6024 if you would like your company to participate.

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Free Golf Lessons    

Group golf lessons will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays with practice opportunities scheduled every day. The golf  lesson program is directed by Manager of Golf Operations, Chris Jones. Golf instructors are PGA apprentices, experienced coaches and teachers. All necessary equipment will be provided for the group lessons, however, if you have equipment, you are encouraged to bring it. 

You will become eligible to receive free golf equipment, special lessons and playing opportunities once you pass golf skills tests and a golf rules test.            


Free Tennis Lessons

Group tennis lessons will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays with practice opportunities scheduled every day. Our team of highly qualified tennis instructors will be led by the Lifetime Academy Tennis Coordinator. Tennis rackets and balls will be provided for the group lessons.

You will become eligible to receive free tennis equipment once you attend seven tennis lessons.


Free Group Swimming Lessons


Group swim lessons will be held Monday through Thursday mornings and will be taught by certified Red Cross Learn-to-Swim instructors. Those who complete level 3 lessons will be eligible for the Competitive Swim Training Program where the emphasis will be on stroke improvement, endurance, starts and turns.

All Academy participants are invited to enjoy the water slides, water playground, and sand play areas and sand volleyball at the McMillen Aquatic Center during the Open Swims on Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30.

Pavilion Program

The McMillen Park Pavilion will be staffed from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day for children not participating in group lessons or waiting between lessons. The program is a balance of unstructured supervised play and organized activities. Children may participate in the Pavilion Program at age 6.

The playground in McMillen Park is not supervised by the Lifetime Sports Academy staff.

Photos from the 2019 Lifetime Sports Academy


 2019 Overall Award Winners



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Swimming staff pictured with the overall winner


 Golf staff pictured with the overall winner

 Check out the LSA Awards press release for additional information


Botanical Conservatory

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Some upcoming events at the Conservatory include:

"Botanica Jones: Scientist, Merchant or Thief?" July 13-November 17

Fall events include: The Punkin' Path Display (Oct. 8-27), "Christmas Connections" Holiday Exhibit (Nov. 23-Jan. 4), Holiday Kick Off Party (Nov. 27), ...and much more!

Check out the Conservatory's Upcoming Events page for more info!


The Old Fort: Historic Fort Wayne


Upcoming Events at Historic Fort Wayne

Joyeux Noel
November 30, 11 am-5 pm 

Admission is free to all Historic Fort Wayne events, however, freewill donations are gratefully accepted and help fund future events and activities at the Fort. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton Parks.

Visit the Historic Old Fort link for details on all the events being planned at the Old Fort. 


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The Community Center offers a wide variety of special events throughout the year.  Some exciting upcoming events include:

Veterans' Breakfast & Bingo (Nov. 8), Santa's Workshop (Nov. 27), Merchant Market on Main Holly Shopping 2019 (Nov. 30), Holiday Dinner and Light Tour (Dec. 9) and more!



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Riverfront Fort Wayne promises every Fort Wayne resident and visitor an always-evolving opportunity to connect with nature, culture and community.

Activities on our Riverfront! Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne for additional information.

Riverfront Walking Tours Oct. 27 from 9-10 am
Bird Watching on Our Urban Rivers Nov. 10, 10 am
Project Squirrel Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, 10 am
Nature's Notebook Nov. 3, 10 am
Young Naturalist Series: Wonders of Water (Oct. 20, 10 am) and Hibernate or Migrate (Nov. 17, 10 am)


Salomon Farm Park


Keep up to date on events at Salomon Farm Park! Some upcoming events include:
Christmas on th Farm (Dec. 7, 1-5 pm)

Check out the Salomon link for additional information including information on fun farm oriented classes and more at the Farm.


Lindenwood Nature Preserve

Lindenwood Nature Preserve will be holding various events this fall!

Hibernation Hike on Nov. 9 from 10-11 am 

Check out the details and info about other events at Lindenwood Events & Programs.


For questions about any of these activities, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2017 Fort Wayne City Golf Championship

Nick Bienz has just won the Fort Wayne City Golf Championship at Sycamore Hills Country Club. Nick started his golf as a young man of 11 at LSA. He had never played golf before coming to LSA. He absolutely loved the game from the beginning.  He progressed thru our program and as a freshman played on the Heritage High School team. He became very good and played in the State finals his Senior year.  He earned a scholarship to Indiana University, Purdue University (IUPUI) where he is entering his junior year.  He worked for LSA his freshman year in college on his summer break.

This is a great day for LSA golf! 

Check out the Journal-Gazette link for additional information on Nick's experience winning the Fort Wayne City Golf Championship!



Doug McKibben Practice Center

To commemorate the 15thanniversary of LSA and to honor dedicated committee member Doug McKibben, the driving range, putting and pitching green was officially named the Doug McKibben Practice Center at the Lifetime Sports Academy.

“When Tom Jehl and I started the Lifetime Sports Academy, the first person Tom mentioned to join us in developing this program was Doug McKibben,” said LSA Committee Co-Chair Jerry Fox. “Since the beginning, Doug has been instrumental in furthering the development and progress of the Lifetime Sports Academy through his generous donations and counsel during the past fifteen years.  The Doug McKibben Practice Center is a fitting tribute to my partner in the Lifetime Sports Academy.”

Tom & Marg Jehl Day        

On June 20, 2005 Mayor Graham Richard honored Tom & Marg Jehl by declaring June 20th "Tom and Marg Jehl Day." The ceremony included an unveiling of a permanent plaque at McMillen Park's Mad Anthony III's, a par three golf course. 

The Tom Jehl LSA partial scholarship to the University of Saint Francis is available to a student entering the University of Saint Francis who has participated in the Lifetime Sports Academy and has actively volunteered in the community. This scholarship is available at The University of St. Francis.  For more information or to obtain an application for the Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarships,
visit on-line: Saint Francis University.

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Year Around LSA
The Year Around LSA started in October 2007. Participants in the program are eligible to sign up if they have earned their tennis racquet (at a beginner status) and/or golf participants that were members of the birdie or par club.


To purchase your own copy of the excellent documentary on the Lifetime Sports Academy, call 1-888-484-8839 or order on-line at  The video is $24.95 plus shipping & handling.

The one-hour program tells the story of LSA-starting with the broad-based community support that made the program a reality, to its youthful participants and the positive impact it has on their lives.

Created in 1998, the Lifetime Sports Academy (LSA) is a cooperative effort of the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.  The LSA provides FREE golf, tennis, and swimming lessons during the summer months for local youths ages 8-18, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., under the supervision of Academy Director and Wayne High School teacher and track coach, Tom Hogan. Lessons focus on skill development, training, and participation and are taught by certified coaches and highly trained professionals.

The Lifetime Sports Academy is located in the McMillen Park Pavilion just west of the pool (enter the park off Oxford). No pre-registration is required. You may come as often as you wish and stay as long as you like. Special activities such as soccer, softball and volleyball will be organized at various times throughout the week for children not participating in group lessons. The Fort Wayne Community Schools summer lunch program will also be available at McMillen Park for Academy participants.

The Mad Anthony III's Golf Learning Course was built through a partnership with the Mad Anthony Charity Classic for Children.  This par-three course, located at McMillen Park, is available to play for free to LSA students who have passed proficiency tests in irons, woods, chipping, putting, pitching and sand play plus rules and etiquette.  The course is also available to any golfer looking to polish their game or enjoy a round of golf with a young athlete. 

Besides having the opportunity to learn a new sport and meet new friends during the summer months, LSA participants can also earn golf and tennis equipment or the right to participate in local events, like the City Swim Meet.  Some very dedicated athletes can also earn scholarships for additional lessons during the spring or fall.

The program has become a model for other cities across the nation.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 427-6000.

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Testimonials from participants and parents 
LSA is an amazing experience for children. Our 4 children had such a rewarding experience. Thank you so much for offering these programs to the children. Tim K.

I get extra copies of your pamphlets each year to give to parents of my Luers Boys and Girls teams (who have younger siblings). I strongly encourage them to take advantage of your wonderful program. I have for years and years. Tom O.

I very much enjoyed learning more about golf. Spencer                              

LSA far exceeded our expectations! There could not be a better program for our community! The coaches, staff and volunteers are all top-notch. My family loves it so much that I took the time to write to the Journal Gazette about LSA. It was a fun program and we are so thankful that our children will have golf and tennis skills which will carry them throughout adulthood. I hope that more families participate in LSA in the future. Everything is well done. We could not be more pleased with LSA. Their coaches are phenomenal! Our kids still talk about how much fun they had with their coaches and friends at McMillen. I’ve shared my thoughts many times (on Facebook and twitter) regarding how terrific LSA is. What a wonderful program for children to participate in. Dana M.

Thank you for teaching me how to play golf. Dalton R.                                                                                                                                         

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Upcoming Events

Community Unity
19 Nov 2019   6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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