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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 Summer 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  
Lawton Skate Park Clean Ups (2nd Sunday of every month)
Parks on Tap! (June 17, July 18)
Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration (May 18 & 19)
Blacksmithing for Women (May 12 & June 9)
Animal Playdates (May)
Climbing Basics (April)
Night Hikes with the Naturalist (June, July, August)
MD and ME Walk n Learn (Monthly)
Themed Trail Hikes (June, July, August)
Daddy Day Hike (June 16)
The Hammer Heads (June-July)
Kids' Fishing Derby (June 2)
Draft Horse 101 (June 9)
Barn Dance (June 9)
Lindenwood Nature Camp (6/18-6/20)
Youth Naturalist Camp (6/25-6/27)
Trek the Trails (May-August)
Nature Story Time (May, June, July)
Keesihtooki pakitahaakani (Traditional Miami Lacrosse Stick Making Demonstration) (July 14)
River Camp (7/30-8/3)
Hurshtown Paddle & Grub in Grabill (July 21)
Salomon Farmin' Fun Day Camp (June/July)
Franke Park Day Camp (June/July)
Concert on the Farm: Adam Strack opening for The Hubie Ashcraft Band (August 19)
Salomon Farmers' Market (June 6-September 5/Wednesdays from 4-7 pm)

Activities on our Riverfront! Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne for additional information.

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races (June 23)
Intro to Dragon Boat Racing (June)
Intro to Canoe and Kayaking (June & July)
Young Paddlers Club (June, July & August)
Riverfront Fort Wayne Paddle Socials (June, July, August)
3rd Annual Pedal, Paddle, and Play (June 9)
Riverfront Boat Tours (June-September)
Panoramic Riverfront Tour on Sweet Breeze (July & August)
Riverfront Walking Tours (June, July, August)
Birdwatching on Our Urban Rivers (June, July, August)
Storytime on the Riverfront (June, July, August)
Riverfront Cleanups (June, July, August)

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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