Sons and Daughters Program

Come Visit the Hoosier State!

Join us for a special program designed for youth.  Youth 7 and under may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Parents/guardians must be registered for the conference.

Sunday, September 8 - Back Home in Indiana

Come see all of the fun Fort Wayne, Indiana has to offer youth through the Sons and Daughters Program! Parents and youth are welcomed to join us at the end of the Opening Ceremony to go over the program for the week, introduce program leaders, and participate in fun ice-breaker activities! What a fun way to get familiar with all of the other participants!

Monday, September 9 - Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My!

Participants will enjoy an exciting day at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Take a journey across the continents by traveling through the African Journey, Australian Adventure, Indiana Family Farm, Indonesian Rain Forest, and more! The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been ranked one of the top ten zoos in the nation and will be a stop the participants won’t forget!

*Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Tuesday, September 10 - Preserving Nature

A day of animals awaits the participants as they tour the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to almost 100 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals! Big and small cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles, and more make up the 50 plus species that call the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary home!

Participants will then travel back to the conference center where they will spend time with the Noble County Master Gardener Association doing fun, hands-on activities!


Wednesday, September 11 - Explore Your Creative Side

Participants will take part in two of the most creative spaces Fort Wayne has to offer! First up is a stop at Science Central, a place with over 200 hands-on exhibits for participants to explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields!

Next up, participants will take a tour of Sweetwater, the world’s leading music technology and instrument retailer. Sweetwater’s campus includes recording studios, performance venues, a music academy, along with their only retail store! After the tour participants will be able to dream about rock ‘n roll while looking around the music store which includes guitar galleries and a drum room.

Farewell Party

Cap off your experience in the Hoosier state with a Sons & Daughters Farewell Party Wednesday night!  More details will be available during the Sunday night activity.

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