The third annual Walk for the Wetlands 2K/5K fundraiser will be June 16 to support the Little River Wetlands Project.
The project is a nonprofit land trust, founded in 1990 with the hopes of restoring wetlands of the Little River Valley. Once known as the Great Marsh in Allen and Huntington counties, the Little River includes nearly 25,000 acres of land. The wildlife that inhabits the Little River is endangered or threatened, according to the project website, www.lrwp.org. The LRWP hopes to educate the public through various events and build awareness of these endangered animals.
The 2K/5K walk is not just a chance to enjoy the weather for a cause. Participants also will have the chance to speak with volunteer naturalists to learn about the local wildlife, plants and habitats. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. The event will take place rain or shine. For the safety of others and the wildlife, pets, strollers and bikes are not permitted during the event.
This year's walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road. Proceeds will benefit the wetlands restoration project. Participants who preregister by Friday will receive a walk T-shirt and gift bag the day of the walk.
Registration is $20 for adults; $10 for youth ages 7-17; and free for kids 6 and under.