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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."

Spring Programs

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

Lindenwood (OPEN year around!) 
Hurshtown Reserovir (Opens for the season on May 1)
Wild Walkers  
Hikes, Bikes & Birds (March 4, April 8, May 6)
Lawton Skate Park Clean Ups (2nd Sunday of every month)
Whimsical Winter Hikes and Bonfire Socials (1st & 3rd Fridays, Jan.-Feb.)
Parks on Tap! (March 29/April 21)
Winter Walks at the Farm (Feb. 25)
Riverfront Clean Ups (Montly)
Hiking with Your Hound (Feb. 14, March 14)
The Buzz about Bees (March/April classes)
Best in Snow! Mushing 101 Clinic (March 10)
Riverfront Educational Series (Feb. 12, March 12, April 9)
Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration (May 18 & 19)
Blacksmithing for Women (May 12 & June 9)
Salomon Farm Volunteer Orientation (April 8 Animal Care/April 16 Garden Volunteer)
Animal Playdates (May)
Understanding Your Parks & Preserves (March 24)
Lindenwood Tree ID (April 15)
Saturday Sunrise Hikes (March/April)
Climbing Basics (April)
Water Plant Tours (Spring) 
Storytime on the Riverfront (June-August)
Daddy Day Hike (June 16)
The Hammer Heads (June-July)
Kids' Fishing Derby (June 2)
Lindenwood Nature Camp (6/18-6/20)
Youth Naturalist Camp (6/25-6/27)
Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races (June 23)
Trek the Trails (May-August)
Nature Story Time (May 6)
The Buzz about Bees (March/April)
River Camp (7/30-8/3)
Salomon Farmin' Fun Day Camp (June/July)
Franke Park Day Camp (June/July)
Salomon Farmers' Market (June 6-September 5/Wednesdays from 4-7 pm)

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!


Wild Walkers Pokagon Group Shot

Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park.  Photo credit: Steve Hague

Wild Walkers 2018

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. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof if you have questions. 

2018 Wild Walkers 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         

Flora & Fauna Brochures Available:

Reptiles & Amphibians
Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers


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