Wetlands event to celebrate nature, conservation

Photo provided by Little River Wetlands Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Over the past few years, the Little River Wetlands Project has brought thousands out to Eagle Marsh to learn about nature and conservation. Earth Day Fort Wayne is a free, family-friendly event happening Sunday, April 24.

Environmental experts will hold presentations, activities focused on conservation and environmentally-friendly landscaping. There will also be booths with conservation and a decorated rain barrel contest.

Various schools and Scout groups decorated and colored rain barrels for the contest. Attendees will have the chance to vote for the most attractive barrel and bid on one for their own yards. The proceeds will support the Little River Wetlands Project.

Photo provided by the Little River Wetlands Project
Students with their rain barrel. (Photo provided by the Little River Wetlands Project)

The first 200 attendees will get a free Earth Day Fort Wayne T-shirts. The event runs from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The event will also feature:

  • Booths at which event sponsors provide conservation tips and giveaways
  • Booths of local environmental groups offering information about their work on behalf of nature and conservation
  • Demonstrations of native raptors (owls, hawks) by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab
  • Presentations by experts on a variety of nature topics
  • Free colorful Earth Day Fort Wayne T-shirts given to the first 200 attendees
  • Interactive wetland/nature education stations offering learning for all ages
  • Many special activities for children
  • A farmers market and food vendors

LRWP is a nonprofit land trust founded in 1990 with the goal of restoring and preserving wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a headwater tributary of the Wabash River.

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