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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education's mission:

"To preserve the beauty of Fort Wayne's natural areas and parks; to promote outdoor recreation and education with classes and programs offered to the general public; provide events and programs designed to promote cultural enrichment."

Summer Programs

Check out the Summer Fun Times for information about the following or Register NOW.

Lindenwood (Now OPEN year around!) 
Birdwatching on the Trails (May 7)
Stargazing: Your Sky Tonight (May 17)
Wild Walkers 2017 
Hurshtown Reservoir Opens for the Season (May 2)
Little Explorers Science Series: (May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5)
Trek the Trails (May-September)
Beautiful Biomes (5/21)
The Hammer Heads (5/27, 6/17, 7/15)
Mommy and Me Craft-a-Cuff (5/20)
Historic Boat Tours (5/21-9/28)
Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration (May 12 & 13)
Farmers' Market at Salomon Farm Park (June 7-September 6/Wednesdays only)
Youth Wilderness Survival Skills (June & July)
Night Hikes with the Naturalist (June 9, July 9)
Hikes, Bikes & Birds (June 4, July 2, August 6)
Kids' Fishing Derby (June 3)
3Rivers Federal Credit Union 2nd Annual Pedal, Paddle, and Play (June 10)
Draft Horse 101 (June 10)
Daddy Hike Day (June 17)
Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races (June 24)
River Camp (8/7-8/11)
Barnyard Boogie Brushes (August)
Concert on the Farm (August 20)
Keesihtooki Pakitahaakani-Traditional Miami Lacrosse Stick Making Demonstration (August 26)

Join us on Facebook!

We just created a new Facebook page just for the School Children's Flower and Vegetable Association program!  Like our page today and learn more as the season progresses on growing vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and potted plants!


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Wild Walkers pose for a group picture

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 natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The 2017 schedule is posted below:

The 2017 schedule is now available: 2017 Wild Walker Schedule

Links to Nature Groups/Activities:


Botanical Conservatory
Franke Day Camp
Allen County Partnership for Water Quality
St. Joe River Watch Institute
Allen County Soil & Water Conservation District
Little River Wetlands Project
Environmental Education Association of Indiana
Trees Indiana
Mother Earth News         

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Flora & Fauna Brochures Available:

Reptiles & Amphibians
Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers

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