Twitter Facebook Youtube
Text Size
Programs Seniors Nature Niche Nature Oriented Programs

Nature Oriented Programs

trillium flower

Fall/Winter Programs

For nature enthusiasts check out:  The current Fun Times.

Register on-line for programs/events 
 

Christmas on the Farm
Saturday, December 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Sleigh bells ring at Salomon Farm Park during our Christmas on the farm! Enjoy a live Nativity scene, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from St. Nicholas, holiday vendors and more at this traditional Christmas celebration. Admission is $5 per car. (For information about vending at the Christmas on the Farm event, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

Chili Challenge Bike Ride

Thursday, January 1, 1:00 p.m.
Psi Ote Pavilion 
Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State

Start the New Year with a chilly (chili) and challenging cycling adventure! Follow the mountain bikers out to Franke Park for a rugged off-road adventure or opt for a smoother but challenging ride on city streets and Greenway paths.

We will depart from the Psi Ote pavilion in Bob Arnold Northside Park shortly after 1:00 p.m. Route maps will be provided. You can then return to the pavilion for a steaming bowl of chili to help you warm up. This FREE program is co-sponsored by the Fort Wayne Velosport Club and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A HELMET! For more information about the ride please call Tim Claypool at 797-3364 or visit the Velosport Club website at www.3rvs.com.

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 .


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.

Demystifying the Art of Indian Cooking
Do you love Indian Food but find it difficult to replicate your favorite dishes? Holly Sutter, Personal Chef and creator of the Holy Ladle, lived (and cooked) in India for five years. In this series of five classes, she will present  the key elements to Indian Cooking. At each class, you will prepare the themed dish together, eat the finished product, and leave with the course recipe to try again at home. All classes feature gluten-free and vegetarian cooking! Sign up for the classes that interest you, or sign up for the whole series and save! Min. 6. Max. 10. Registration deadline: December 22.

Mastering the Basics: Rice, Dahl, Garam Masala
Roast, grind, and create your own Garam Masala. The finished Masala will then be used to make a traditional Indian lentil soup called “Dahl” that will be served over India’s signature fluffy basmati rice.

Code Date Day            Time
148210-S1 1/11 Su          2-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$39  

Curry Building Blocks
Learn the building blocks for creating a good curry and make two different Vegetable Curries. With easy substitutes, you will leave this class feeling confident about creating your own variations of curry from home.

Code Date Day            Time
148210-S2 1/25 Su          2-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$39  

Khichari (Khichdi) and Ghee
One of the first foods babies in India consume is Khichari, a simple, easy to digest dish made from endless variations of rice and lentils. Central to Khichari’s preparation is Ghee, made from clarified butter and used in many Ayurvedic medicines. Learn the Ayurvedic concepts of Doshas, and how to use spices to promote health.

Code Date Day            Time
148210-S3 2/1 Su          2-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$39  

Working with Paneer
Paneer is India’s signature cheese, made from whole cow’s milk that is boiled and hung to dry in cheesecloth. This class will teach you to make paneer and incorporate it in a vegetable curry called “Paneer Jalfrezi.”

Code Date Day            Time
148210-S4 2/15 Su          2-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$39  

Sweet Endings
This final class will end  just like a classic Indian meal! You will learn to make a traditional Masala Chai, which is a sweetened milky spiced black tea, along with a classic Indian rice pudding with spices, raisins, and nuts called “Kheer.”

Code Date Day            Time
148210-S5 2/22 Su 2-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$39  

Sign up for all 5 classes for $156.
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge, Franke Park, Sherman Blvd.

How to Make Your Own Soda
Did you know that soda can be good for you? This class will teach you a brief history of soda and how to make your own old fashioned healthy soda from fruits and herbs. These sodas taste amazing while filling your body with vitamins and minerals and giving you what you need to boost your immune system. Taste test several different sodas while making and bottling your own 16 oz. bottle of soda to take home with you. You will receive several recipes and even learn how to make up your own. Mindy Troyer has spent over 4 years researching and making her own soda and teaching others how to do the same. Ages 12-adult. (Ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a registered adult.) Min. 12. Max. 15. Registration deadline: December 27.

Code Date Days Time
148200-S1 1/17 Sa 1-3:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge, Franke Park, 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.

3-bird town














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.

Share this article

We want your feedback!

new_blue_64x64Take our on-line survey now!
This quick and easy survey will only take 1 minute or less and will provide us with valuable information!