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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."

Winter Programs

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

Lindenwood (Now OPEN year around!) 
Wild Walkers  
Hikes, Bikes & Birds (Monthly through November)
Little Explorers Science Series (Monthly through November)
Allen County Trailblazers (Sept. 7)
Water Filtration and Sewage Treatment Plant Tours (Oct./Nov.)
Intro to Winter Hiking (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9)
Lawton Skate Park Clean Ups (2nd Sunday of every month)
Whimsical Winter Hikes and Bonfire Socials (1st & 3rd Fridays, Dec.-Feb.)
Christmas on the Farm (Dec. 2)
Hikes, Bikes, and Birds (Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4)
Parks on Tap! (Dec. 6 & Jan. 20)
Winter Walks at the Farm (Dec. 22, Jan. 28, Feb. 25)
Chili Challenge Bike Ride (Jan. 1)
Riverfront Clean Ups (January and February)
Hiking with Your Hound (Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14)
Wild Walkers Kick-Off Carry-In (Jan. 12)
Stories in the Snow (Jan. 14)
Winterval 2018 (January 27) Various sites around Fort Wayne!
Riverfront Educational Series (Feb. 12, March 12, April 9)

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 Pokagon Group Shot

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

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 walk schedule is now available: 2017 Wild Walker Schedule

Wild Walkers Kick-Off Carry-In for 2018
Friday, January 12, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Rd.

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 at Metea Park for this kick-off carry-in style breakfast and first walk of the New Year. We will have the 2018 hiking schedules available. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org by Tuesday, January 2 if you plan to attend.

Links to Nature Groups/Activities:

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Rivergreenway

Botanical Conservatory
Franke Day Camp
ACRES
IDNR
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:

Birds
Mammals 
Reptiles & Amphibians
Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers
Trees

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