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.

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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Last week I went on vacation and some of my plants got too dry without me there to take care of them. I know that this has happened to all of us.

Almost always the damage can be repaired and with very little effort.

First, get out the pruners or your favorite scissors and trim off everything that has been damaged or dried out. Next add water. That’s it! Nothing more difficult than that.

I will caution you not to use fertilizers until you see noticeable improvement and do not repot as a lot...

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When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the “secrets”:

1.Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important to make sure surfaces are clean and sound, free of all dirt, mildew, and loose or peeling paint. Areas with no paint at all – either because they are new, or because the old paint has completely worn...

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