Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

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If you’ve driven by Eagle Marsh at 45 mph, you may have seen only a blur of the thousands of early-fall sunflowers. You may have thought the scene was pretty. You may have even said, “I really should take a walk there.”

You really should. Honestly, there’s really nothing quite like Eagle Marsh, part of Little River Wetlands Project (LRWP), is located on Engle Road between Smith Road and Jefferson Blvd. In September, the wetland dazzles with sunflowers in a stunning display of yellows and...

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This year marks the History Center’s eleventh year throwing its annual Buffalo Tro. The money raised during this unique fundraiser, which involves tossing buffalo steaks onto a blazing bed of hot coals, is a significant contribution to the History Center’s Heritage Education Fund.

Believing that a firsthand experience with history should be available to all students, all proceeds from this event support our Heritage Education Fund, which allows students in Northeast Indiana to visit the...

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The 17th River City Rat Race 5K/10K was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 600 runners and walkers, and more than 100 volunteers, it was clear that this event had enormous potential. Last year’s event attracted over 1100 participants. The feature event 10K (6.2mi) race includes a beautiful downtown course. Author and senior writer Hal Higdon of Runner’s World magazine said, “It is one of the most scenic 10K courses I’ve ever seen.” This is high praise coming from one...

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As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Warm season grasses like bermudagrass, carpetgrass, centipedegrass and zoysia should be grown at 1 to 2 inches tall while St. Augustine should a bit higher, 2 to 3 inches, for best results.  Taller grass is better able to compete with...

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Deer near garden

Don’t let your vegetable and fall flower gardens succumb to hungry deer. Even if you’re lucky enough to be deer-free now, be vigilant and prepared to prevent damage as these beautiful creatures move into your landscape to dine. Here are five tactics to help you in the battle against these hungry animals.

Fencing is the best, though not always practical, way to control deer. Install a 4- to 5-foot-high fence around small garden areas. This is usually enough to keep out deer that seem to avoid...

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It should have been a typical walk-and-talk plant identification program when a group of like-minded plant enthusiasts gathered a few hours before dusk at Metea County Park to learn more about ferns and mosses. Turns out, nature was in no mood for our plans.

The Northeast Indiana Wildflower and Plant Society (NEINPAWS) organizers were thrilled when more than 60 people showed up for the late-July event. But even before the group settled in, storms in the west threatened the hike. Outside, the...

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