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Upcoming Events of Interest to Nature Lovers

Winter Hike at Blue Cast Spring

Blue Cast Spring was a preserve where spring water was bottled for personal health in the early 1900’s. Chris Fairfield will lead you through over 3,000 feet of the Maumee River Bank to explore a natural spring once thought to have healthful properties. We’ll warm up afterwards with coffee and pie at Bob’s Restaurant in Woodburn. Registration deadline: February 20.  Min. 8. Max. 12.

Code                    Date      Day        TIme

142366-W1          2/27       W            10 am-12  pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8/$13 after February 20

Location: Blue Cast Spring, 21412 Blue Cast Road, Woodburn

Bob’s Restaurant, 22031 Main St., Woodburn

Hands-On Wilderness Survival

A canoe trip on a fast, cold river; an epic moun- tain bike ride; or just a short hike in the woods can take an unexpected turn. A twisted ankle on   a solo trip, a casualty in your group, getting lost or a rapid change in the weather can change a fun adventure into a serious situation. Be prepared for any scenario. Our Wilderness Survival course will cover such topics as survival priorities and plan- ning, search and rescue, austere medical treat- ment, shelter building, fire starting, signaling for help, and finally, gear selection and review. This   is a hands-on class where students will learn by doing. Instructor Russ Kolkman is a known sur- vival expert both locally and nationally. He has over 25 years of training and experience teaching people how to fight and survive in the most hostile environments in the world.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

248105-S1      4/27              Sa            9 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$110

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Sunrise Saturday Hikes       

Our Saturday morning guided hikes are back! We’ve added one early bird hike in March and April. See what is happening in the natural world as we welcome the spring season. Each hike will have a different focus that highlights our local ecology while connecting to broader lessons in biology. We’ll meet at the parking lot and the hikes will commence promptly at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Please call Eden at 427-6008 for more informa- tion! Guided hikes are free and open to all ages. No pre-registration is required.

Date                Day                                           Time

3/16                Sa                                         8-9 am

3/16*               Sa                                      10-11 am

4/20*               Sa                                         8-9 am

4/20                Sa                                      10-11 am

  • Accessible hikes on the Trail of Reflection Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Spring Wildflower Walk      

Join the Lindenwood naturalist for a hike along the Trillium Trail, named after our famous wildflower. This half-mile trail features a variety of beautiful wildflowers including the Wild Geranium, Spring Beauty, Jack in the Pulpit and of course the Tril- lium. Learn about plant names, uses and habitats while enjoying their beauty. All ages are welcome. This program is free and no pre-registration is required.

Date                Day                                           Time
5/11                Sa                                      10-11 am

5/18                Sa                                      10-11 am

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.  


Lindenwood Field Trips & Outings

May 1-October 31

Let us plan a nature outing for your class or group. Lindenwood  Nature  Preserve  offers  a variety of hands-on environmental education field trip opportunities. Our programs can accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and walkers on our ADA compliant Trail of Reflection. For a complete list of programs/topics, please visit the Lindenwood page at fortwayneparks.org. The cost is $2/participant/ hour; a minimum fee of $20 / $40 will be charged for 1-hour / 2-hour programs, respectively. Teach- ers, care givers, and adult chaperones are free-of- charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting Eden at 427-6008 oThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nature Story Time


Join the naturalist for a story and short hike along Trillium Trail. Search for beautiful wildflowers that adorn this path during the spring and summer. Ages 10 and under. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline: May 20. Min. 5. Max. 25.

Code              Date                 Day                          Time
348114-S1     5/26                 Su            1-2 pm


Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Wild Walkers Pokagon Group Shot
Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park.  Photo credit: Steve Hague

Wild Walkers 2019 

Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org if you have questions. 

2019 Wild Walker Schedule


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