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Nature Oriented Programs

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Fall Programs

For nature enthusiasts check out:  The current Fun Times.

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Lindenwood Open House: Food, Fire, Hike & Raptors!
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

It’s not quite closing day but this is our end-of- the-season celebration at  Lindenwood Nature Preserve! Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab will be bringing live birds for a 45-minute educational program at 1:00 p.m. Join us for the program, a hike, and to roast a hot dog over the fire. We will provide the hot dogs and roasting sticks. This program is free of charge but we will be taking free will donations to benefit Soarin’ Hawk’s work to help raptors in Allen County. Call Amy at 427-6005 for more information.

Great Tree Canopy Comeback
Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.
Bring your shovel and help us plant trees in Psi Ote, Foster (south), McMillen, Reservoir, Kettler and Rockhill Parks. Friends  of  the Park organizers will be in each park beginning at 10:00 a.m. to direct volunteers.
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Allen County Trailblazers
Kickoff: September 7, Metea County Park
Program: September 1-November 30

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with other local agencies again this year to get you out on the trails. The Allen County Trailblazers’ mission is to encourage and promote exposure to the outdoors, provide opportunities for physical fitness and mental wellness, and to increase the  awareness and support of all participating agencies. Cooperating agencies have assembled a list of 15 trails at various natural areas, each about 1 mile in length. Hikers who complete 10 of the listed trails will receive a bronze medallion that can be mounted on a hiking stick. Check out or call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

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 or you may call 427-6005 to request a schedule by mail. 

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 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.

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