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Guidelines for our Dog Playgrounds
Recommendations for Fun and Safety

Both Pawster Pooch Playground and Camp Canine are open from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily.  The maximum number of dogs in the playgrounds at any given time is 50. Please limit your visit to one hour during times of peak use.

  • All dogs must have their "Pass" visibly displayed on their collar while inside the playground.
  • Rabies tags must be worn and displayed by all dogs at all times
  • Always keep an eye on your dog. Never leave your dog unattended.
  • Dogs known to exhibit vicious, fierce, aggressive, or dangerous behavior are not permitted in the Dog Playgrounds. If your dog becomes unruly or aggressive toward other dogs, you must leash your dog and exit the enclosure.
  • Always clean up after your dog. It's the law. A container is available in the park for this purpose. Please bring your own bags.
  • Female dogs in season are not permitted in the playground and should not be brought to the park.
  • Dogs, owners, and users creating a disturbance or violating posted rules must leave the playground if requested by law enforcement personnel, park personnel, or their designated agents.
  • Don't bring more than three dogs to the playground.
  • Dogs under four (4) months of age are not permitted in the playground. Puppies are not fully vaccinated, and are vulnerable to disease and injury.
  • Children under fourteen (14) years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs may not be left unattended or out of sight range or voice command.
  • Dogs must be on a 6' leash until safely inside the playground enclosure (corral). It's the law.
  • Please remove pinch (prong) collars and spike collars from dogs before entering the park. Other dogs can be injured while playing.
  • No wolves or wolf hybrids allowed.
  • Do not bring glass containers to the facility.
  • Do not bring food (people food, dog food or dog treats) into the playground. Many owners do not feed treats and some dogs may be allergic. Food may also make a docile dog aggressive.
  • Do not smoke in or around the playground. Cigarette butts and food wrappers are unhealthy for dogs.
  • Maintenance needs of the site will vary based on weather and use. You are asked to vacate the playground during maintenance activities.
  • Check all entrances before unleashing your dog.
  • Dogs should receive year-round heartworm prevention treatment.
  • Have drinking water readily available for your dog before and especially after exercise.  You must provide your own water and bowls.
  • ALL dogs benefit from guidance and structure.  Basic obedience is a must for a well-socialized happy dog.
  • Do not open the outside gate if an inside gate is open.


Be Aware of Risks

While it may be tempting to stand back and be a passive observer, all users will have a much more rewarding experience if basic rules are actively observed. Use of the Dog Playground is not a right - it is a privilege. Please do not allow unacceptable or irresponsible behavior to ruin the fun for other users.

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation strives to provide a fun, safe environment for you and your dog. However, by using this facility you agree that you understand and assume all responsibility and liability for the risks of unleashing your dog in the facility.

Potential risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Infectious diseases such as rabies, kennel cough or Lyme disease.
  • Dog theft or unlawful capture by other people.
  • Dog escapes over or under fences.
  • Plants and/or water sources in the park that may be poisonous to dogs.
  • Park vegetation that may have burrs or seeds that could get tangled in a dog's coat or lodge in a dog's feet, ears, or eyes.
  • Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas or other insects that may be present.
  • Dog fights, dog bites and injuries to humans and other dogs.
  • Wild animals in the parks such as skunks, raccoons, or stray dogs, all of which might injure or infect your dog.
  • Young children are easily knocked over or trampled by running dogs.
  • Herding dogs may nip at children while attempting to round them up.
  • This is the dog's park. There are plenty of other parks and playgrounds where children can be socialized. Not all dogs are child-friendly. Never allow your child to approach or pet a dog without the owner's presence and approval.
  • Parents: If you do bring your children into the Dog Playground, please teach them how to behave with animals and what to do in an emergency:

Never run! Hide face. Tuck arms and legs into body. Curl up in a ball, face down on hands and knees. Be as still and quiet as possible. Wait for help or until the dog has left.

In order for the bite to be defined as a bite - it must break the skin and must have been caused by oral contact (not a nail scratch).

A dog bite to a human or another animal must be reported. The biting animal will be quarantined for ten days to ensure it is healthy and does not pose a rabies risk. In this case, the bite most likely happened inside the confines of the Dog Playground so the dog will be considered legally restrained at the time of the bite. If a dog bite happens while at the park:

  • Immediately secure the biting dog and the victim dog. Leash them and keep separated.
  • Any wounds should be washed immediately with clean water.
  • Owners of dogs involved should exchange names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • Owners should then take their dog home or to a veterinarian for necessary medical care. If a bite has occurred to a person, consult a physician.
  • If the biting dog's owner lives inside the city limits of Fort Wayne they should call to dispatch an Animal Control Officer to take a bite report and enact quarantine.

    Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control: 427-1244
    On weekends and holidays call: 427-1222

  • If the biting dog's owner lives in Allen County outside the city limits, call:

Allen County Sheriff's Animal Control at 449-7491

  • Dogs who have bitten while at the Dog Playgrounds will not be allowed to return.

**Dog Playgrounds are not staffed or supervised by any agent or employee of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department or the City of Fort Wayne. Users therefore are required to abide by posted rules and etiquette at all times while on the premises. Police and Animal Control Officers will make periodic site visits.**

Dog owners and individuals accompanying them use the facility entirely at their own risk and that of their dogs.  Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.  Neither Parks and Recreation nor the City of Fort Wayne assumes liability for loss, damage, or any kind of injury sustained by any human or dog while using the Dog Playground.

It is important to familiarize yourself with pertinent City Ordinances that apply to this playground as well as parks and park facilities in general.  Visit our Park Ordinances  page for more information.

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Lindenwood Nature Preserve protects a piece of Fort Wayne’s natural woodland habitat in an undisturbed manner. Please abide by these simple rules when visiting the preserve:

  • No collecting. This includes plants, animals, leaves, feathers, rocks, nuts, mushrooms, etc.
  • Remain on the marked trails when exploring the preserve.
  • No littering; Carry out what you carry in.
  • No camping, fires, hunting, trapping, fishing or digging.
  • No pets.
  • No bikes or motorized vehicles.
  • No camping. 

 

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Stewards of the Woods

The volunteer opportunities at Lindenwood Nature Preserve are endless. Our Stewards of the Woods act as trail guides (training provided), desk attendants, wildlife observers, water quality monitors and more. Volunteers of all ages are invited to become Stewards. Call Eden Lamb 260-427-6008 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.   

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Reservoir Guidelines

Please Do:

remove your trash.
carry one life jacket per person in all boats at all times.
tilt up gasoline motors from your boat before launching.
be courteous to others.
have a good time!

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Please Don't:

swim in the reservoir.
bring alcoholic beverages into the reservoir.
bring pets unless they are on a leash.
use gasoline powered motors.
lose rental tickets (the daily fee will be charged).
exceed your rental time (any fraction of an hour will be charged a full hour).
overload rental boats (limit 3 persons per boat).
remove or disturb large rocks on bank - they are for ice control. clean fish on the premises.
disturb wildlife such as snakes, ducks, birds

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Fall  Programs

Register NOW for Fall programs and Starting November 1st for Winter programs!


Fall Foliage Final Friday Fun Hike

Join us on the final Friday of October for a final peak at fall foliage and some time outdoors before the winter cold arrives. Our hike departs from the parking lot promptly as scheduled and is open to all ages so bring the whole family.  There is no charge; however, pre-registration is required for planning purposes. Call 427-6000 to sign up. Registration deadline: October 24.

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448006-F1            10/27     F              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Hunter’s Moon Night Hike

There’s nothing like hiking under a full moon. Join us for a special moonlit adventure and experience nature from a completely different perspective. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the entrance to the preserve and hike the Trail of Reflection for a scenic stop at the pond. The hike will last approximately one hour. There is no charge; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6000 to sign up. Registration deadline: October 2.

Code                    Date     Day              Time

448008-S1           10/28    Sa           9-10 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/FREE

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Hibernation Hike

Squirrels, raccoons, birds, and everything in between. Who is getting ready to hibernate, and who is not? Come on out to learn what different animals at Lindenwood are doing to prepare for winter, whether that is migrating, hibernating, or getting their homes ready to stay nice and warm! This hike is free and open to all ages. Call 427-6000 by November 14 to sign up.

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448005-S1            11/18     Sa           9:30-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


¿Quiénes hibernan?

¿Cuáles son los animales que se preparan para hibernar? ¿Ardillas, mapaches, aves? ¿Hibernan, migran a otros lugares o preparan sus espacios para estar calientitos? Ven a aprender que hacen los animales que viven en Lindenwood para prepararse para recibir el invierno. La caminata no tiene costo y es recomendada para todas las edades. Es necesario registrarse con anticipación. La fecha límite para registrarse es el 14 de noviembre. Llame a la Red de Servicios Lingüísticos – LSN al 260-426-6764 para registrarse.

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sábado 18/11               10:45 am – 11:45 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Gratis

Ubicación: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave. 


Kids’ Halloween Hike

Celebrate the spookiest time of year with a sunset hike in the woods. Trail-friendly costumes are encouraged, but be sure to wear shoes that are safe and comfortable for hiking. The hike is free; however, pre-registration is required for planning purposes. Ages 4-11. Registration deadline: October 24. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date     Day                     Time

448003-S1            10/28    Sa           7:30-8:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Winter Programs

Winterval Hike and Bonfire

Saturday, January 27, 9:00-10:30 am

Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

The forest may look like it’s sleeping in winter, but it’s full of life! Bundle up and enjoy a quiet morning hike in the woods and warm up at the bonfire before you head out for other Winterval activities. This Winterval event is free and open to all ages. Also spend time outside with our friends from LC Nature Preserve. They will be present with information and upcoming programs.



Winter Solstice Sunset Hike

Bundle up and join us for a sunset hike on the shortest day of the year! We’ll warm up with hot chocolate by the campfire after the hike (weather permitting). Open to all ages. All family members must register and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 427-6000 by December 15 to sign up. Min 5. Max. 20.

Code                Date     Day                 Time

148003-T1       12/21    Th     5:30-6:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Wild Walkers

2nd and 4th Fridays of each month

Explore some of northeast Indiana’s finest outdoor areas with 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 preserves, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The schedule is posted on our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.


Winter Tree ID Hike

Learn how to identify the various trees at Lindenwood Nature Preserve, even when they have no leaves! We’ll examine the bark, the shape and other clues to determine each tree species. Open to all ages. All family members must register and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 427-6000 by January 8 to sign up. Min 5. Max 20.

Code                Date     Day             Time

148001-S1       1/13      Sa        10-11 am

#Session/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


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identificar los árboles

Ven con nosotros a caminar por el estupendo bosque de Lindenwood Nature Preserve! Aprenderas cómo identificar árboles por su corteza y forma. Llame a la Red de Servicios Lingüísticos – LSN al 260-426-6764 para registrarse.

Sabado 13/1    11:15-12:15 pm

#Sessions/Fee: 1/Gratis

Ubicacion: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


All About Trees Hike

Come discover the amazing world of trees at Lindenwood Nature Preserve. Learn about the age, height, and importance of trees to our environment on this guided hike. Open to all ages. All family members must register and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 427-6000 by February 6 to sign up. Min 5. Max 20.

Code                Date     Day            Time

148004-S1       2/10     Sa        10-11 am

#Session/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Caminata de invierno: todo sobre los árboles

Ven a descubrir el maravilloso mundo de los árboles en Lindenwood Nature Preserve! Tendrás la oportunidad de aprender sobre la edad, la altura y la importancia de los árboles mientras disfrutas de una caminata guiada. Llame a la Red de Servicios Lingüísticos – LSN al 260-426-6764 para registrarse.

Sabado 10/2    11:15 – 12:15 pm

#Sessions/Fee: 1/Gratis

Ubicacion: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.


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Testimonials


Hikes

Always enjoy Maggie as the hike guide, very knowledgeable, personable, and so enthusiastic about her work.  Cheri

 

Field Trips

This is a great hands-on nature exploration-gives students a chance to see things in their habitat.-Amy F.

What a fun and educational time we had at the Harvest Moon Hike! The naturalist was able to connect with all age levels and make it fun not only for the kids but adults as well.  It was interactive and exciting to learn about the different animals at night, view the world through their senses and actually see some animals as well.  Thank you Maria.  Joelle R. 

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Lindenwood Guided Hikes & Field Trips

May – October 31

Let us plan a nature outing for your class or group. Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers a variety of hands-on environmental education opportunities perfect for class field trips, birthday parties or other group outings. For a complete list of programs/topics, please visit the Lindenwood page at fortwayneparks.org. The cost is $3/participant/hour with a minimum fee of $30 for a 1-hour program . Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting Eden at 427-6008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Is your business, club, or scout group looking for service hours? Lindenwood Nature Preserve has various volunteer opportunities such as trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and small-scale construction projects. If your organization is ready to lend a hand contact Eden at 260-427-6008


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Wild Walkers 2023 

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 fortwayne.org if you have questions. 

2023 Wild Walkers Schedule 


 For additional ways to "Plug-In To Nature" check out the following link:

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Annual Kids' Fishing Derby!

Enjoy some pictures from previous Fishing Derby events!

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