Eagle Marsh – Fall Program Guide

Eagle Marsh, a part of the Little River Wetlands Project,  is a 716-acre wetland preserve located on the southwest border of Fort Wayne. Eight miles of trails allow hikers to access the preserve’s varied habitats of shallow-water wetland,with almost 200 kinds of birds and numerous other wild creatures including bald eagles.

If you haven’t had a chance to get to the Marsh this summer, don’t worry. The fall schedule is packed with opportunities. Below are some highlights.

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The Monarch Festival will be here soon!

2014 Monarch Festival

Saturday, September 13

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Do you love getting up close with beautiful butterflies? This may be the event for you! Grab your kids, your friends or anyone else so-inclined and meet at the Eagle Marsh barn. The festival is family-friendly, with lots of educational and hands-on activities.  There will also be hikes, live demonstrations, crafts and games.  As a bonus, you can choose to plant a milkweed (Monarchs love them!) at the Marsh or take one home to plant in your own garden.

 

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Fall Woods of Eagle Marsh

Fall Woods of Eagle Marsh

Saturday, October 4

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Again starting off from the Eagle Marsh barn, this fun fall program is for kids of all ages, even the youngsters in their seventies. Do you know why leaves change colors in the fall? Why they’re sometimes more vibrant? Come find out! Also, learn how exactly the animals know that winter is approaching.  There are signs you can spot, if you know what you’re looking for!  And no trip to the Marsh is complete without a nice hike.

Tip: Boots are recommended, and depending on the weather, a jacket might be good.

 

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Speaking of short legs…

The Short Hikes for Short Legs programs are especially for the little ones ages three to five.

Wednesday, September 17 – Why Wetlands are Amazing!

Sunday, October 5 – Fall Changes

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

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Some Ramblers caught in the act

For those of us just a little bit older who would like to hike around the Marsh from time to time, think about becoming a Little River Rambler! Ramblers meet at the Marsh once a week, on Tuesdays, and can choose a morning or evening hike, or both.

Tuesdays

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (March and July meetings will be at Arrowhead Prairie.)

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

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The Fifth Annual Frogapalooza is October 24.

Fifth Annual Frogapalooza Benefit

Friday, October 24

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“The mission of the Little River Wetlands Project is to restore and protect wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, and to provide educational opportunities that encourage good stewardship of wetlands and other natural ecosystems.”

Eagle Marsh is a treasure for Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities, and those of us who enjoy it are called to support it, as the Marsh survives by our generosity and the generosity of others.

This year’s Frogapalooza will be the fifth annual for the Little River Wetlands Project.  Details are still being finalized, but the benefit will be held at the Fort Wayne Country Club and  will honor Jay Jorgensen and Rick Phillips as “Hidden Heroes of Conservation.”  Guests will enjoy an auction, dinner and more. Check here for updates as they become available.

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Support the Little River Wetlands Project

Eagle Marsh is located at 7209 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46804.

Click here and check out a great overview video.

Bookmark this page to keep up-to-date on all of the goings-on year-round!

 

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Maker Faire provides a different perspective on STEM

It’s not every day kids are encouraged to ditch their screens in exchange for a few hours of unbridled creativity and exploration.  Maker Faire, an annual festival which encourages families to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Join fellow inventors and (aspiring ones) September 13-14, 2014 under the Lincoln Pavilion at Headwaters Park East for this 4th annual event that is gaining more and more momentum each year.

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Join local artist Eran Park as he blows glass at Maker Faire 2014.

This event is made possible by TekVenture, a 501(c)(3) public art and technology laboratory seeking a home near downtown. Their goal is to create a public intersect on between imagination, technology, art & community – a space where arts, tinkerers, makers, engineers, inventors, prototypers, craftspeople, and others gather to use tools, share ideas and make things. These “makers” represent a movement happening all across the United States.

In the last few years, similar informal facilities designed to bring groups of people together to use traditional and high-tech tools to solve engineering problems and to create art, technology, and other projects have blossomed worldwide.

While searching for a permanent home, the organizers created this event to serve as a fundraiser and to celebrate and connect these creative people and the things they make. After all, knowledge is best shared. Why not harness the passion from makers around the world through a local event? That philosophy is what drives the organizers every year.

Speaking of making, you can expect to encounter some impressive displays of skill, talent and ingenuity. For example, on this year’s schedule of events are a BMX and rocket launch demonstration. A variety of hands-on activities, like glassblowing, rocket making, and aircraft assembly are planned. This weekend provides a real opportunity to get up close and personal with science.  It’s never too early to introduce your kids to STEM.

Get your tickets in advance and save.  Tickets are available via Eventbrite or buy them at the door with cash or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover.)

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Fall Festival – Open to the Public!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a dairy farm? Or exactly how much work it takes for milk to get from cow to table? You can learn all of that and more, plus have great fun doing it, at Kuehnert Dairy Farm! For the second year in a row, the Kuehnert family will open its gates to the public for the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival. The festival will run for five weeks, opening on September 27 and continuing through October 26.

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September 27 – October 26, 2014

Kuehnert’s is a family-owned and family-managed dairy farm boasting a registered Holstein herd of 300 cows. The family includes brothers Alan and Stan, Alan’s wife Cindy and their two sons Nathan (with wife Sarah and children Alie and Bryar) and Andrew (with wife Brittany).  The family also has a committed group of employees.

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The Keuhnert family

“The Kuehnert family is extremely excited to be able to share their farm, family and cows, and to tell you their farm story. They want consumers to see what life is like as a dairy farmer, how they care for their cows and the land. It is their passion to educate the general public, so that they know that milk comes from a cow, how a gallon of milk gets to the grocery store, and to know the importance of milk in a healthy diet.”

The Fall Festival will run for five weeks, opening on Saturday, September 27 and continuing through Sunday, October 26. Admission includes a bounty of activities:

  • Explore the freestall barn, where the cows spend their time and eat
  • Learn how baby calves receive care
  • See modern farm machinery and check out the robotic cow milking
  • Navigate the five-acre Corn Maze!
  • Tackle Straw Mountain
  • Have fun in the Corn Crib Play Area
  • Show off your skill in a game of Cornhole
  • Take a turn on the Tile Swing
  • Catch a game of Holy Cow Football
  • Go on a hayride
  • Warm up by the fire pits
  • Get creative with Pumpkin Painting
  • Learn something during the educational activities
  • Turn the kids loose for the daily children’s activities
  • Scout out the place with farm tours led by staff
  • Let the kids enjoy free face painting every weekend
  • Don’t forget the food!  Enjoy delicious dairy snacks featuring soft-serve ice cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cold milk, hotdogs and s’mores while sitting around a bonfire only feet away from the cows.

For special events throughout the festival, check the Farm’s Facebook page!

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Check out the corn maze!

There are many activities to choose from in Fort Wayne, especially in the fall. But there’s just something special about the Kuehnert Dairy Farm. Maybe it’s the rich sense of history that exists there. After all, the family running the place now is fifth and sixth generation. For me, the atmosphere harkens back to a time when hard work, discipline and grit were the rule, not the exception. In any case, the farm is a special place and you should make the time to bring your family out to the Fall Festival at least once this year!

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Get up close and personal!

Details

Where:
6532 W. Cook Road
Fort Wayne , IN   46818
260-417-1918

When:
Weekends starting Saturday September 27 – Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hours:
6  p.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturdays
Noon – 5 p.m. on Sundays

Admission:
General admission is $8 per person.
Children under two are free.

Groups:
School field trips and group tours are all available by appointment.
Please inquire for pricing and availability.
To make a reservation, email saf982@hotmail.com or call Sarah at 260-417-1918.
Please inquire early, as times and dates fill quickly.

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Discover Fort Wayne during Be a Tourist In Your Own Hometown

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I love Fort Wayne. Having lived here my whole life (minus a few years away at college), I have had ample time to get out and explore my hometown. A lot of this stems from being someone who refuses to be bored, and who enjoys getting out and about to find new things to do and places to go. Living my teenage years on the north side of town (so close to the country and farms that my high school still had “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” sponsored by the FFA) I heard so many people say there was nothing to do in Fort Wayne – and I REFUSED to be one of them. My friends and I were adventurous, and often drive all over town finding things to do. We’d go to the zoo, go see different local bands play, check out the museums downtown and walk around aimlessly exploring Fort Wayne. That sense of wanting to go out and explore my city hasn’t left me, but there are so many people that can get stuck in a rut and aren’t aware of the amazing attractions we are so lucky to have! That’s why whether you’re a visitor in town looking for something fun to do, or a local who hasn’t a had a chance to visit all that Fort Wayne has to offer, you shouldn’t miss Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown is a great event put on by Visit Fort Wayne. The goal is to get people that live in Fort Wayne out and about to places they haven’t visited in awhile, or aren’t even aware of! There are twelve attractions that you can tour around , and the best part is that it is FREE! The attractions open during this year’s even are: The African-American Historical Museum, Lincoln Tower, the Allen County Courthouse, Science Central, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Cathedral Museum, the Botanical Conservatory, The History Center, Parkview Field, the Embassy Theatre, The Old Fort and the Visitors Center. While the list of places to go and see may seem a little overwhelming, pick 2 or 3 you’re really excited about and focus on visiting those!

I’ve had the chance to both work and participate during Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, so I’ve got some favorites. And while I’ve been to many of the attractions you’ll find on September 7th, the following four would be my top picks!

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The Embassy Theatre is a beautiful, and historic, theatre – and you can check it out during BAT!

Embassy Theatre
The Embassy Theatre is truly a gem in downtown Fort Wayne. The theatre was built in 1928 and is one of Indiana’s largest historical theaters. Anyone who has walked inside knows that the Embassy is a beautiful piece of history that has withstood the test of time over and over again! While many have sat in the theatre’s seats for a Broadway production, a headlining concert, Philharmonic performances and many other great events, Be a Tourist is one of the few times where you can tour around the Embassy behind the scenes!

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Take in the beautiful architecture at the Allen County Courthouse.

Allen County Courthouse
Take a tour of the Allen County Courthouse and you won’t be disappointed! While many either run in and out of the courthouse, or haven’t had a reason to go inside, Be a Tourist is the perfect time to check out this National Historic Landmark. Not only is the Allen County Courthouse a great part of Fort Wayne’s history, it is also an important piece of architectural history.  Having been restored, the Allen County Courthouse boasts beautful examples of art glass, murals and intricately patterned tile floors. It is often regarded as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture.

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Celebrate Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown at the Visitors Center! Look for the giant pinwheel!

Visitors Center
You may be thinking “Why would I ever go to the Visitors Center if I live in Fort Wayne?”, and long ago I thought so too. But, the Visitors Center offers so much more than you could expect! The staff is extremely knowledgeable about all things Fort Wayne, as well as fun and friendly to boot! You’ll also find a variety of things to do and buy. There is information for tons of attractions, restaurants, parks and even more. – many of which are off the beaten path and you may not even be aware of! You can even find Fort Wayne souvenirs and locally made products such as coffee, DeBrand Fine Chocolate and Vera Bradley.

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Don’t miss the great views from the top of the Lincoln Tower. It is a BAT favorite!

Lincoln Tower
This is by far one of the most popular stops during the afternoon of BAT, and for good reason! This is one of the only days of the year that the Lincoln Tower observation deck is open to the public, with gorgeous views of the entire city. I would recommend making this your very first or last stop of the day because the line can get a little long, but is more manageable with a little planning. And, even with the thousands of people lining up to ride to the top, the line is fast moving and well worth the wait!

While you’re out and about I would also suggest stopping at one of downtown Fort Wayne’s yummy eateries for a bite before, during or after your stops! Grab a slice, a sip or a snack at Pint and Slice, Dash-In and many other great places. For more ideas of where to dine downtown, take a look at our downtown dining map.

No matter which attractions you decide to check out during Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, you will have a great day discovering our wonderful city! Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown is Sunday, September 7 from 12-5pm. You can find passports for the event are Fort Wayne area Kroger and Old National Bank locations! Or, you can download your BAT passport here.

 

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Maker Faire Celebrates All Things Creative and Handmade September 13-14

Are you a creative at heart? Did you enjoy crafts as a child? Or maybe your own children are at the age where they are doing crafts themselves. If so, this year’s Maker Faire is the place to be!

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The Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is the celebration of creativity and all things handmade. This year’s event takes place September 13 and 14, so there’s plenty of time to save the date and plan a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana for this special event.

This family-friendly festival will include crafting projects, learning, recycling and building projects and more. All activities are inspired by celebrating the arts and crafts. There will also be food available and live music. In short, here visits will find DIY science and technology projects, bicycles, electronics, alternative energy vehicles, art cars, electronics and much more!

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For more information on the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire (including ticket information) visit the event website. The faire takes place at Headwaters Park East, conveniently located downtown.

Insider Tip: Before or after this year’s Maker Faire, take the family to enjoy other child-friendly attractions in Fort Wayne such as the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Science Central!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.