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April LaGrange County Parks Report


Archery trail open...

The 3D Archery Trail at Pine Knob Park in Howe will open for the season beginning Tuesday, April 9. The 3D Trail is 1.7 miles through the oak forest, prairie savanna, and pines of the park. There are 26 life-size, realistic targets for practicing archery skills. There are also close-range field bullseyes at the trailhead. There is a small fee to use the range and users must sign in at the trailhead. A trail map of Pine Knob can be downloaded at

Pine Knob Park is located three miles east of Howe on SR 120.

Spring Art Class...

A Spring Art Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Maple Wood Nature Center. “Elk Meadow” is the project. The emphasis is on the techniques for upland scenery. This class is in acrylics.

Supplies will be provided. Participants may bring their own paints and brushes. Participants should also bring a lunch.

There is a cost. Register at or call the park office at 854-2225.

Hunter Safety Class...

A Hunter's Safety Class will be held April 6 and 9 at Maple Wood Nature Center. Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to take this class before obtaining a firearms hunting permit. It is also recommended for hunters of any age who have not gone through this or a similar course. 

Class time is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9.

Participants must bring pencils and a lunch. There is no charge for Hunter's Safety Class, expenses are paid with each hunting license sold in Indiana. Registration is required due to space limitations. 

Register at or 260-854-2225. Other questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by Indiana Conservation officers at 260-244-3720.

Frog census...

A frog call census is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at Pine Knob Park in Howe. Meet at the program center and dress warmly. Feel free to bring notebooks or recorders. If you have sensitive hearing, you may even want to bring ear protection.

Pine Knob Park is located three miles east of Howe on SR 120.

Turkey calling...

If you are going to grow in your skill as a birder, you have to learn bird songs and behaviors. The rewards are a doubling of the birds you can positively identify.

There will be a turkey calling activity on Saturday, April 13. Those wishing to participate should meet at 6 a.m. at Pine Knob Park in Howe for transport to the strutting field.


Identification of the American Wild Turkey is an easy one to learn by call and behavior. Turkeys have a very distinct “gobble” and strut for their courtship. Witnessing this spectacle is something every nature lover should experience.

Participants need to be in place at sunrise for the show. Participants will listen for gobbler activity from a blind. Once calling begins, an attempt will be made to try to call the activity to the vicinity of the blind.

Register in advance by calling 854-2225 or go to lagrangecoun on the web.

Quilt workshop...

“Sugar and Spice” is the quilt project for Saturday, April 13.

For project details contact quilt instructors Ira Johnson at 463-1438 or Julia Wolheter at 367-1449.

There is a cost for each workshop session. Register by calling 260-854-2225 or go to lagrange on the web.

There is a fee. A supply list is available upon registration.

Annual meeting...

Friends of LaGrange County Parks will host their annual meeting and election of officers beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Pine Knob Park in Howe. 

There will be a chili lunch, a trail walk, an archery demonstration, and more.

Pine Knob Park is located  three miles east of Howe on SR 120.

Breakfast with the Birds...

Breakfast with the Birds for April will be at 8:30 a.m. on April 17. The topic will be “Wildflower ID.”

As the woods springs back to life, it is exciting to be in a sea of green again. The woodland wildflowers have such a short growth spurt that they can be gone before you figure out who they are. This month’s program will cover the basics of flower identification then a walk the maple woods will be offered.

 This program is for anyone who is free one Wednesday morning of each month. The program starts with coffee and doughnuts, then a talk or discussion is offered by a naturalist. Bring binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterwards.

A small donation for the program is recommended.

Beginner’s guitar class...

Simple Sounds Music Store in Shipshewana will host a music class for aspiring guitar players. Each guitar beginner will leave with knowledge of basic chords to build upon.

The Beginner’s Guitar Class will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Maple Wood Nature Center.

A Beginner’s Guitar Kit will be available for purchase. The kit includes a Morgan-Monroe full-size guitar, electronic tuner, strap and picks.

Guitar owners are welcome in class, too. There is a small instruction fee if you have your own guitar.

Registration is required by Wednesday, April 10, if ordering the Beginner’s Kit. To register, go on the web to lagrangecounty or call 260-854 2225.


Wildflower walks...

Get into the woods when the first flowers are still fresh. Guided wildflower walks will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, through Maple Wood Nature Center at 4550E 100S in LaGrange and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Pine Knob Park, three miles east of Howe.

Bring a camera and flower field guide if possible.

Folk Jam...

Folk Music Jam sessions are hosted the fourth Sunday of the month. Jam sessions are mostly folk, country and bluegrass music with other styles thrown in from time to time.

This month’s jam will be from 1:30-5 p.m. on April 28.

If you have any more questions contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or maplwood@ligtel. com.

All programs, unless otherwise noted, are held at Maple Wood Nature Center, 4.5 miles east and one mile south of LaGrange.

For more information about programs or LaGrange County Parks, call 260-854-2225 or 260-463-4022 or e-mail maplwood@

Maps to LaGrange County Parks are downloadable at