A Week in the Life of a City Safari Camper 

Every week we explore different topics and have field trips based on our theme. That makes the summer very interesting if you want to attend for more than one week! 

We always start out at the Conservatory and plan our day. Later we work in the garden and water and tend our plants. It is amazing how quickly our plants grow! 

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Did you know that butterflies have a very short life cycle? Those of us attending at the beginning of the summer had a chance to observe the butterflies up close and personal.

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Have you ever been inside the Embassy?  This day we enjoyed comparing movies throughout the ages...and eatting POPCORN!


Have you ever been to Pokagon?  We travel to Pokagon and enjoy a nice long bird hike before heading back to Fort Wayne.


At Eagle Marsh we learn about bats and also try out our planting skills.


As part of Three Rivers Festival there is a Children's Fest at IPFW.  So we, of course, need to try it out!  We have a lot of fun participating in all of the cool activities.


Thanks to the Southwest Honey Company at the Southwest Conservation Club we soak up knowledge about the importance of the Honey Bee and what we can do to promote survivial of our local bee population.



Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter? Today is your lucky day. We head out to Fire Station #1 to experience, "A Day in the Life of a Firefighter" and have a great experience walking through the Fire Station and asking questions about their day.

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We build in opportunities to explore water features in our city too, like Northside Park, that we visit weekly!

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Have you ever been to Safety Village? Besides practicing fire safety drills including climbing out of windows we also have an opportunity to learn general safety tips from a City Police Officer.  




Did you know that Black Pine Animal Park's mission is to provide permanent refuge to captive-raised exotic animals and to educate people about responsible pet ownership? We learn that and more on our visit as well as have an opportunity to see some exotic animals up close.




Maybe you've been to Headwaters for a festival but what about for cooling off in their fountain? 


Have you ever been inside the Animal Control buildings? We watch a video on pet ownership and take a tour to learn about pets that are up for adoption. Some of us even got an opportunity to hold a pet.  Don't worry mom, "I didn't bring one home!"



Today we gave back to Fort Wayne by lending some help to the Community Harvest Food Bank.  First we went to the warehouse to pack carts with donated food and then to the shelves to stock food items. It felt great to give back to the community!

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Have you been to the new Leo River Garden Park?  This was a first for many of us and we thoroughly enjoy this adventure! 

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We visit Merry Lea Environmental Center for another chance to experience nature up close and personal!  We take a hike and learn about ponds.

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We venture out no matter the weather.  So make sure you put in rain gear!  This day we went to a Nature Center to learn more about the environmnent. 



What if you could see a Buffalo up close?  Would you want to?  We traveled very close to them and were amazed by what we learned. 


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Sometimes we visit a park and enjoy the playground.

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 We stepped back in time at the Historical Old Fort today.



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 Today we learned about our rivers and Riverfront!  We then had a special ride on a Pontoon boat!

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Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center: we learned about Indiana wildlife and plants,did a pond dipping activity and went on a hike.

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Loblolly Marsh at the Limberlost State Historic Site (Geneva, IN) We learned about the animals and plants at the marsh and about Gene Stratton-Porter.

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De Camp Gardens (Albion, IN) We took a tour of the gardens, learned about organic gardening, and  got to help make zuchinni chips.

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Trip to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo!

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Thanks for looking though our photos!  We have so much fun that we can't wait until we return again!!  Registration for 2020 starts on February 5th.


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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm; Black Friday: 10 am-8 pm 
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10 am -5 pm 


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free