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.

Aboite New Trails ("ANT") announces a $25,000 pledge over three years from Do it Best Corp. The Do it Best Corp. commitment goes through 2013 and will help to complete the Make the Connection initiative, which now needs only 2.5 more trail miles on Homestead Road and the Towpath Trail to create 50 continuous miles across Fort Wayne, linking together the Aboite Trails, downtown's Rivergreenway and New Haven's scenic trail system. For the first time in Fort Wayne's history, thousands of area...

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting over 1000 acres of wetland preserves southwest of Fort Wayne, offers interesting and informative nature events this winter and spring. All are free and open to the community.

Little River Ramblers Nature Hikes at Eagle Marsh every Tuesday 9-11 am. Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot, end of Olde Canal Place Road, Fort Wayne, to explore the flora and fauna present.

Breakfast on the Marsh: 8–10 am, Second Thursday of...

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Tip – When buying a new tent don't forget to purchase a can of seam sealer. Although tent cloth itself may be waterproof, the seams are not always so. After a sewing needle has moved in and out of nylon cloth a few thousand times it becomes heated and does not punch holes through the cloth as much as it melts the holes through. These holes let water pour in unless they are plugged with 'seam sealer'. I'm not sure which is the best to use but I have used Camp Dry on my own tents as well as my...

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(A column, whereas, you the reader may ask Ben questions about camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, or anything concerning living in our Great Outdoors.)

Q – Which is better to use when cooking; propane or white gas (Coleman fuel)?
A – I think it's a personal matter of taste (no pun intended). I have found that propane is safer and easier for Boy Scouts to use than liquid fuel. It won't spill or leak out onto your clothes or food. It's easier to change out an empty cylinder than re-fill a tank...

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization, is asking for donations to add 67 acres of land to its Arrowhead Prairie preserve on Aboite Road southwest of Fort Wayne. Sixty-five acres of the new property will be restored to wetland and prairie with the help of the federal government's Wetlands Reserve Program, while the remaining two acres will have a parking area for visitor access to new trails to be developed, a barn (already present) for storage, and an educational nature...

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Tip - How many of you have ever tried to drive in a tent stake and didn't have anything but a rock? I'll bet there are not a few busted knuckles out there from using that same rock. Am I correct or what? A hammer will do the trick but I've hit myself in the forehead with the claw part and that smarts in anyone's book. And never use a hatchet or an axe to pound in a tent stake; they cause a little more than a headache. Plan ahead of time for that stake-pounding job and equip yourself...

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