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.

The month of July is a pivotal month for pruning flowering perennials from the past and for the future. Early to mid-season blooming perennials such as peonies, coreopsis, early daisies (there are so many varieties of daisies we will simply refer to them as early or late blooming varieties), daylilies, bellflower and balloon flower.

Another flowering perennial that I thought was disappearing from everyone’s gardens but needs to be pruned right now is the Yucca Plant. It seemed that the Yucca...

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Indiana’s state parks are happy to welcome a new group of visitors who are as interested in spotting a fictional Pikachu or Venomoth as they are in seeing a raccoon or scarlet tanager.

These visitors are players of the widely popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The game has resulted in increased traffic to state parks, which are a natural fit for the location-based augmented reality game.

Most of the game’s action takes place outdoors while walking. Players use a smartphone camera to identify...

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Dollar Night Insight

Thursday, August 4, 5 - 8 pm
On the first Thursday of the month, visit the gardens for $1 per person AND enjoy a brief, interactive learning moment (instead of the usual $5 & $3). Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free.
Pick up some new ideas and skills!
DNI: Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Thursday, August 4, 5 -7 pm
This month, Botanical Conservatory visitors will get insight into chocolate and how it’s derived from the fruit of a tree. Get up close to our Theobroma...

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All events sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free.

Thursday, August 11
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Breakfast on the Marsh:  Amazing Arachnids
Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50+ at Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, Room 102/104, 8211 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. Join Kaylee Kloer, University of Saint Francis student and arachnologist, as she shares information on the spiders of our area and what makes them so uniquely interesting.

Saturday...

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If DNR plans move forward, Shriner Lake, north of Columbia City, could be stocked with 1,200 walleye fingerlings this fall.

The walleyes will measure 6-8 inches long and will be skimmed from a stocking of 6,690 walleyes at Sylvan Lake in Noble County.

If successful, the transfer could be permanent.
“We have developed a very dense walleye population at Sylvan Lake and think we can scale back the stocking program there without affecting the quality of walleye fishing,” said Jed Pearson, DNR...

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Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard.

Do a bit of yard and garden clean up. Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens and keep the lawn properly mowed to reduce resting spaces for adult mosquitoes.

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed. Drain water that collects in buckets, kids toys, tarps, pool covers, clogged gutters and downspouts. Clear the gutters and downspouts...

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