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Engle Road to close for Earth Day

Statement as distributed Wednesday by the Asher Agency:

(Fort Wayne, IND) Engle Road between Smith Road and Stateman’s Way will be closed to through traffic between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM Sunday, April 21st allowing the roadway to be used for northern Indiana’s largest Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day Fort Wayne 2013 is scheduled between 1:00 PM – 5:00PM on April 21st with several events taking place on the roadway next to Eagle Marsh at 6801 Engle Road.

“More than 500 families joined us for our first Earth Day Fort Wayne last year,” said Sean Nolan, Executive Director of the Little River Wetlands Project, organizer of the event. “This year we’re bringing more activities to Earth Day and we expect more than 1,000 visitors. Engle road will be used to make parking safer and more convenient, enhance access for the disabled, and allows us to expand the activity space for some exciting new additions to the event. ”

Earth Day Fort Wayne is a free, family-friendly event featuring hands-on exploration, workshops and demonstrations. Activities scheduled include:

• Earth Day 5k Fund Raising Walk at Eagle Marsh (registration required)

• Spotting scopes for observing active Bald Eagle’s nest

• “Dip-a-net” stations for children to discover insects and invertebrates living in the wetlands

• Hikes along Eagle Marsh trails with wildlife interpreters

• Planting native grasses and wildflowers that attract wildlife

• Farmers market focused on sustainable gardening techniques

• Environmentally themed face painting

• Organized bike ride along Allen County’s outstanding trail system to Eagle Marsh

More than a dozen volunteer conservation and environmentally concerned groups and organizations will take part with info stations, workshop presentations and other activities.

Updated event information is at www.Facebook.com/earthdayfortwayne.

Eagle Marsh is a 716 acre wetland preserve managed by the LRWP (www.lrwp.org). With 11 miles of trails open to the public, Eagle Marsh allows hikers and bird watchers to explore reclaimed farmland that attracts more than 30 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and crustaceans, as well as over 200 types of birds.

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