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Nature Oriented Programs

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Summer Programs

For nature enthusiasts check out:  The current Fun Times.

Register on-line for programs/events 

 

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Check out the Salomon Farmers' Market page for information on the on-going market on Wednesdays starting June 11-September 24th.

Field Trips on the Farm
May 1-30; August 11-September 30 Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Plan a field trip to Salomon Farm Park to learn about animals, gardening, farming or  nature. The fee is $3/child/hour with a minimum charge of $30. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. Please call 427-6008 for more information or to schedule your group.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve
600 Lindenwood Ave.
Open for the 2014 Season on May 1 Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00- 6:00 p.m.
Lindenwood Nature Preserve is a 110-acre wooded park featuring 4 hiking trails of varying length (one is wheelchair and stroller accessible), a pond and an open-air pavilion. Hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, picnick- ing and just relaxing are a few of the activities you’ll enjoy at the preserve. In addition to the Department-sponsored programs listed here, the Lindenwood staff also provides programs for scout groups, church and school groups, home school, clubs, and private parties (see below or visit  www.fortwayneparks.org  for more information).

Lindenwood Field Trips
May 1-October 31
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers the  field trip opportunities for school, scout  and  day care groups. Choose from Nature Hike (1 hour), Pond Study (1-2 hours), Campfire (1 hour) or Campfire & Nature Hike. Focus on a specific topic of interest such as a scout badge requirement or opt for a general nature lesson. Each program includes a naturalist guide, firewood and campfire and hotdog roasting sticks. The cost is $2/child/hour with a minimum fee of $20 (minimum $40 for a 2-hour program). Teachers and adult chaperones are free-of- charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling Amy at 427-6005. (Note: We CAN schedule trips when the park is not open to the public.)

Nature Programs at Other Fort Wayne Parks!
Our Naturalists will meet you and your group for field trip and outings at other area parks too! Want to explore Franke Park or Buckner Park? Let us know which park you would like to explore and we’ll see what we can do!

Hurshtown Reservoir
16000 Roth Road, Grabill, IN
Opens for the season April 15
Tuesday-Sunday, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Hurshtown Reservoir may be the best fishing spot in Allen County. It also features a 2.75 mile   walking   path,   areas   for   picnics   and
outdoor volleyball  and  row boat  rentals.  For more information and fees call 427-6005 or Hurshtown, during the season, at 627-3390.

Primitive Ceramics

Experience a modern day version of an ancient tradition. You will learn about natural clay, where to find it and how to process it for use. You will use basic hand-building techniques to shape the clay which will then be pit-fired. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided. Come to class prepared to get dirty and have fun! Ages 13-adult. Instructor Brandon Furniss has a Masters Degree in Ceramics from Kent State University and teaches ceramics at IPFW and other local universities. Registration deadline: June 26. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code         Dates        Day       Time
353812-R1 7/10-7/31  Th      6-9 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 4/$54
Location: Salomon Farm Learning Center,. 817
W. Dupont Rd.
 

 

2-beekeepingThe Hammer Heads

Want to learn about blacksmithing? Join  the club! The Hammer Heads Club is for youth ages 11-17 who want to learn this almost-forgotten craft. Local blacksmiths will teach shop safety and how to build a coal fire. You’ll learn about blacksmithing tools and how to use them. The curriculum is designed for beginners. The club will meet at the Salomon Farm Blacksmiths’ Forge. Hammer Heads must wear leather closed-toed shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and all loose hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. Membership in Ham- mer Heads  is  FREE,  however  pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6000 at least two days prior to sign up. For more information, call Karla at 427-6008. Min. 2. Max. 6.

Code            Date         Day                  Time
353906-S2    7/19          Sa    10:30 am-12:30
353906-S3    8/16          Sa    10:30 am-12:30
# Sessions/Fee: 1/free
Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

Field Trips on the Farm

May 1-30; August 11-September 30 Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Plan a field trip to Salomon Farm Park to learn about animals, gardening, farming or  nature. The fee is $3/child/hour with a minimum charge of $30. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. Please call 427-6008 for more information or to schedule your group.

Lindenwood Field Trips
May 1-October 31
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers field trip opportunities for school, scout and day care groups. Choose from Nature Hike (1 hour), Pond Study (1-2 hours), Campfire (1 hour) or Campfire & Nature Hike. Focus on a specific topic of interest such as a scout badge requirement or opt for a general nature lesson. Each program includes a naturalist guide, firewood and campfire and hotdog roasting sticks. The cost is $2/child/hour with a minimum fee of $20 (minimum $40 for a 2-hour program). Teachers and adult chaperones are free-of-charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling Amy at 427-6005. (Note: We CAN schedule trips when the park is not open to the public.) Nature Programs at Other Fort Wayne Parks! Our Naturalists will meet you and your group for field trip and outings at other area parks too! Want to explore Franke Park or Buckner Park? Let us know which park you would like to explore and we’ll see what we can do!
 
Kids’ Survival Skills Course

Learn basic survival skills such as how to read a compass, start a fire, build a shelter and more. After class, we’ll build a fire for those who want to bring a hotdog to roast and stay for lunch. Children must be picked up by 12:00 p.m. A supply list will be provided on your registration receipt. Ages 7 -10. Registration deadline: June
29. Min. 5.  Max. 15.

Code         Dates        Days     Time
348109-T1 7/15-7/17  T-Th 8-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 3/$65
Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Youth Rock Climbing

We’re partnering with the Parkview Family YMCA this summer to offer two youth climbing classes. You will learn basic rock climbing including risks associated with climbing  and how to minimize them, proper climbing technique and equipment, how to safely load and use a belay device, how to safely harness and how to correctly tie a knot when climbing. Ages 5-12 with minimum weight of 40 pounds. Registration deadlines: May 29 and July 10. Min. 6. Max. 12.

# Sessions/Fee: 6/$40
Location: Parkview Family YMCA, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd.

3-bird townBirding in Bird Town!

Fort Wayne has been designated a “Bird Town” by the Indiana Audubon Society. Join a friend of the Stockbridge Audubon Society and long- time bird enthusiast Dan Klopfenstein for an introductory course in woodland bird identification! See how many bird species you can find in the woods! Ages 10-adult. Bring your binoculars and a field guide if you have one! All participants will receive an introductory field guide to summer woodland birds in Northeast Indiana. Registration deadline: Jun 27. Min. 8. Max. 15.  

Code             Date          Day                   Time
348111-S1     7/12          Sa               10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8
Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


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Concert on the Farm


featuring

Hubie Ashcraft & the Drive
Adam Strack

Sunday, September 14, 4-7 pm
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket (limited seating is provided inside the barn) and enjoy an evening of live music in a beautiful country setting.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Admission: $10/car

Call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

 On-Going

2014 Wild Walker Schedule

Wild Walkers
2nd and 4th Fridays of each month

Share your knowledge of nature as you explore some of northeast Indiana’s finest outdoor areas in this nature-oriented group. 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 natu- ral area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The 2014 schedule is posted on our website at www.fortwayneparks.org or you may call 427-6005 to request a schedule by mail. 

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