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Summer/Fall Programs

For nature enthusiasts check out:  The current Fun Times.

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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  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.

Soap Making
Learn how to make your own soap from a recipe! We’ll discuss  the  different  types  of lye and oils used in soaps and why instructor Kay Davidson won’t ever buy soap again. She learned how to make soap by trial and error and currently makes and sells her soaps at local farmers’ markets and craft shows. Her soap has been sent all over the world (various states in the US and to Iraq, Afghanistan, England and Germany) because people love it so much! Every student will leave with a one-pound bar of soap! Participants will need to bring/wear an old shirt or apron that may get raw soap on it.  Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September
27. Min. 8. Max. 16.

Code             Date        Day         Time
448321-S1    10/11        Sa           1-3:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge, 6411 Sherman Blvd.

MD and ME: Walk ‘N Learn
Tuesdays, September 9, October 14
Salomon Farm Park Old Barn, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

This popular program continues its  season with fall offerings by area doctors!  Mark your calendar and plan to attend these fun, upbeat,
informational sessions! Each MD and ME session begins with registration and blood pressure screening at 5:45 p.m. At 6:00, the program starts with a short talk on a medical topic by a Parkview Physician Group physician, followed by a group walk on the Salomon Farm Park Trail.  During the  walk,  you can  ask the physician presenter your questions about that session’s topic, plus there are door prizes and blood pressure screenings . . . all FREE! On Tuesday, September 9, cardiologist Dr. Hollace Chastain will present “Stroke: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention.” Dr. Jeremy Grogg joins us on October 14 with an informative talk on Diabetes. Register to attend by calling 1-855- 637-0010 or sign up at mdandme@parkview. com for either or both of these free offerings! In inclement weather the program is held at the Parkview YMCA. MD and ME is sponsored by the Parkview Physicians Group, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.

Tai Chi on the Farm

Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow,  smooth  body  movements  to  achieve  a state of relaxation of both body and mind. Tai Chi can also help strengthen the cardiovascular and immune systems. Described as “meditation in motion,” tai chi consists of a standing per- son performing a series of postures or bodily movements in a slow and graceful manner, with each movement flowing without pause to the next. Sun Tai Chi has an upright stance, great for beginners who wish to focus on improving their balance and body awareness.   Instructor Alan Clayton is a certified Tai Chi instructor, associated with Dr. Paul Lam, a world renowned Tai Chi for Health Master.   Alan has studied various forms and styles of Tai Chi for 18 years. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 1. Note: There will be no class on October 13

Code            Dates      Days  Time

453812-M1    9/8-11/3   M       5:15-6:15 pm
453812-M2    9/8-11/3   M       6:30-7:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/ $60
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd.

Handmade Homemade Sale
Sunday, October 19, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

If it was grown locally or made by hand it will be for sale at this special sale. Farmers, bak- ers, crafters, and artisans will be selling their homemade/home-grown goods at  Salomon Farm Park in the Old Barn. The sale will also feature a pop-up gallery from Wunderkammer Company Art Gallery. Enjoy live music by Phil Schurger as you shop or a bite to eat from a local food truck. Search for and join the sale (“Handmade Homemade Sale 2014”) on Face- book for sale updates. Interested in vending? Call Amy at 427-6005 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request an application. 

Dirty Toes Garden Club
Come dig in the dirt, water the gardens, harvest and taste fresh seasonal veggies at the farm. You will learn all about the life cycle of plants and the wonderful world they live in during this fun and educational class. Cultivating children’s curiosity about gardening and the outdoors helps them to develop a love of nature and gardening. Children will learn about vegetable gardening in a fun, hands-on environment with Katie Jackemeyer-Street,  Salomon  Farm’s  own green thumb. Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: August 19. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code             Dates            Day       Time
453907-T1    9/2-9/30        T           10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 5/$35
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd 

Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Join us for this two day celebration of the history and culture of the American Farm. It’s fun for all ages and the event is free so bring the whole class or your family and spend a day at the farm. The Harvest Festival makes a great class field trip! For more information call Karla Yauchler at 427-6008.

Friday & Saturday
Live animals  Oat/ Wheat Threshing
Food Concessions Corn Husking/ Shredding
Hay Rides
Antique Farm Equipment Hit and Miss Engines
And Much More!

Saturday Only Antique Tractor Parade Cow Milking
Butter Making Farmers’ Market

Fall Nature Hikes
1st  & 3rd  Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. September-October

Come hike with naturalist Brett Fisher on the first and third Saturdays in September and October. See what is happening in the natural world as we approach and move into the fall season and enjoy a guided hike. We’ll meet in the Lindenwood parking lot and hit the trail at 10:00 a.m. Please call Amy at 427-6005 for more information.

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.
Trek the Trails
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the Midwest with more than 75 miles of trail winding through the city. Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this summer along the Riv- ergreenway, the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, the Pufferbelly Rail-to- Trail and the Salomon Farm Trail to experience Fort Wayne in a whole new way. Load up your family and your bikes and join us for the final 3 trail rides of the year! Please wear a helmet and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. For more information, call the Greenways office at 427-6228.

Date Ride Start Locations       Length
8/12 Moser Park                     8 miles
Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball diamonds, 601 W. Main St. in New Haven
8/19 Swinney Park                8 miles
Meet at the parking lot near the old swimming pool in Swinney Park West at 2200 W. Jefferson
8/26 Johnny Appleseed Park 8 miles
Meet at the tank on H.W. Baals Drive near Coliseum Blvd.

Saturday Trail Rides
Are you interested in riding further and exploring more of our trails? Our two final Saturday trail rides of the year are planned for August 9 and September 13. Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water and a snack in order to be sustained during each ride! All participants ride at their own risk. These longer trail rides are intended for intermediate bicyclists. Please be ready to ride at 9:00 a.m. For more information call the Greenways office at 427-6228.

Date     Ride Start Locations                   Length
8/9       Foster Park Trailhead                 17 miles

Meet at the trailhead parking lot at the end of the main park drive near Pavilion #1 off 3900 Old Mill Rd.

9/13   Lawton Park Trailhead      19 miles

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street, near 250 E. 4th St. 

The 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-S3    8/16          Sa    10:30 am-12:30
# Sessions/Fee: 1/free
Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

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Concert on the Farm


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.


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. 

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