Registration Opens for Free Tree Seedlings

Bare root trees, ready to plant for Arbor Day

Fort Wayne, Ind – In celebration of Arbor Day 2024, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation in partnership with Trees Indiana will offer over 200 seedlings to the public (one per household) via a simple phone registration. White Oak, Butternut and Black Walnut tree seedlings will be offered to those who register on a first come first served basis. Those who want a free tree seedling should call 260-427-6000 during normal business hours now through April 25 to reserve a seedling. The bare root seedlings must be picked up on Friday, April 26, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Bob Arnold Northside Park just off of Parnell Avenue.

Trees are an asset to communities when planted properly and maintained. They help improve visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

For more information about Fort Wayne urban forestry efforts, visit

What’s Happening in the Parks

The week ahead

 Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week ahead:



Kickboxing with 9Round

Sunday, April 14, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Park Foundation Pavilion

Kick and punch your way through a great workout at this free monthly exercise class. Instructors will lead participants in a calorie burning journey like no other.

What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in April

 Fort Wayne, Ind. –The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory at 1100 South Calhoun Street presents the following events and programs this month.



Color in Motion: Butterfly Exhibit

April 16 - June 23, Public hours                                                                                               

Live butterflies have landed at the Botanical Conservatory bringing with them an array of natural beauty and wonder. Watch in awe, their wings in flight, as they flash with color pigments and refracted light. Observe exotic butterflies emerging from their chrysalides right before your eyes! An epic display of multicolored flowers and foliage elevates this annual spring exhibit. Sponsored by: the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, “In memory of Jo Ann and William Wyatt,” the Fort Wayne Park Foundation, 97.3 WMEE and 21Alive.

What’s Happening at the Riverfront

The Month Ahead


Fort Wayne, Ind. – Riverfront Fort Wayne presents the following events and programs at Promenade Park, 202 West Superior Street and Headwaters Park, 333 South Clinton Street in April:


Dance Promenade: West Coast Swing

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and each Wednesday until May 8

Park Foundation Pavilion

It’s back by popular demand! Join us at the Park Foundation Pavilion to learn and practice West Coast Swing with Dance CoLAB. This is a beginner progressive class that builds on each lesson, so you do not want to miss any of the sessions. But the fun doesn’t stop with the classes—on May 8, there will be an open West Coast Swing dance party with modern and classic music to dance the night away. All ages are welcome. Purchase tickets by the Tuesday prior to each session for $10 online at Walk-ins are welcome at the door, if space is available ($12 and credit card only). 

What’s Happening in the Parks

The week ahead

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week ahead:


Slightly Used Bulb Sale

April 4 – April 30, Public hours

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

This annual sale features slightly used tulips, daffodils and hyacinths from the Botanical Conservatory’s winter exhibit. Located in the outdoor Sales Garden, bulbs are $1.95/pot and are ready to plant in preparation for next year’s bloom! Purchases are made through the Conservatory Shop while supplies last. Admission is not required to shop.  

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