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Winter Programs

For nature enthusiasts check out:  The current Fun Times.

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Selling Homemade Edibles: Understanding the Rules

Saturday, February 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont

What are the rules governing the sale of homegrown or homemade edibles? Ann Applegate from the Allen County Department of Health will share information on what is required to sell as a home-based vendor and answer any questions you may have. Her presentation will be followed by a brief overview of the Salomon Farmer’s Market and how to become a vendor. This program is FREE, but please let us know by January 23 if you plan to attend by calling Karla Yauchler at 260-427-6008 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Wild Walkers Welcome 2015
2nd & 4th Fridays beginning January 9
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 natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Join us for our first walk of the New Year on Friday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Salomon Farm Park Learning Center (817 W. Dupont Rd., east of Lima Rd., west of Coldwater Rd.). We will have the 2015 hiking schedules available. Please RSVP to Amy Hicks before 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 at 427-6005 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may download the 2015 WIld Walker Schedule now!

Natural Dye Workshop
Create beautifully colored yarns with natural ingredients! We’ll begin with a lesson on how to prepare a wool skein for dyeing, then focusing on the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow you will learn how to dye the wool using only natural ingredients. Ages 16+. Instructor Betty Barry is the owner of The Little Shop of Spinning and has been hand spinning for nearly three decades and been making her own natural dyes for 25 years. Registration deadline: February 13.
Code Date        Days Time
148202-S1 2/21        Sa  9 am-2:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$55
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge in Franke Park on Sherman Blvd.

Outdoor Winter Fun!
Is your little one getting cranky from being cooped up inside? Join us for some exciting outdoor winter fun! We’ve planned all sorts of hands-on activities like arts and crafts and mini hikes to feed the birds in our Wildlife Area. Your toddler will learn about winter weather and how it affects animals and plants and much more. Ages 4-5. Instructor Molly Slocum is a long time teacher and former camp counselor at Franke Park Day Camp. Registration deadline: January 26. Min. 10. Max. 12.

Code          Dates     Day          Time
148201-T1 2/3-2/24 T         9-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 4/$30
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge, Franke Park, Sherman Blvd. 

Winter Playdate!
Tuesdays January 6-27
9:00-10:30 am

Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd.

It’s winter fun on the farm every Tuesday in January! Children will enjoy this time each week to play with friends and explore the great outdoors. Winter Playdate is structured around winter fun and is designed to get kids moving! Each session will feature games, crafts, stories, and time outdoors as well as in our Learning Center. No pre-registration is necessary. Just bring the kids and let them play! Drop-in fee: $3 per family.
Children of all ages are welcome. Call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

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On-Going

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 www.allencountytrailblazers.org or call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

Wild Walkers Welcome 2015

2nd & 4th Fridays beginning January 9

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 natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Join us for our first walk of the New Year on Friday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Salomon Farm Park Learning Center (817 W. Dupont Rd., east of Lima Rd., west of Coldwater Rd.). We will have the 2015 hiking schedules available. Please RSVP to Amy Hicks before 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 at 427-6005 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may call 427-6005 or go to www.fortwayneparks.org for a copy of the 2015 schedule.

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.

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