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August LaGrange County Parks report


Special closings...

Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed August 25 and 26 for David Rogers Days. Trails will be open.

MapleWood Nature Centerwill be closed September 1-3 in observance of Labor Day. Trails will be open.

Park Master Plan Survey...

Every five years LaGrange County Parks update their master plan. Information is gathered from a survey and helps the planning process. 

Anyone who wished to fill out a survey can go online to

The survey can also be downloaded at or pick up a copy at the LaGrange County Parks office.

Perseid Meteor Shower...

Join the LaGrange County Parks Dept. to observe the Persieid Meteor Shower on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The most watchable of annual sky events is the Perseid Meteor Shower and Aug. 12 is the normal peak for this show, which is also viewable a few days before and after the peak.

DallasLake Parkwill remain open Sunday, Aug. 12, as a meteor viewing zone. Bring tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, or whatever to stretch out in the grass and cast your gaze skyward. Best viewing is usually from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Remember the starwatchers’ courtesy – headlights off when approaching a viewing area.

DallasLake Parkis located at 0505W 700S.

Wildlife restoration...

A program on Wildlife Restoration will be presented at noon on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Northeast Indiana Steam and Gas Show on the 4-H Fairgrounds in LaGrange.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Act, also known as the Wildlife Restoration Act. The American model of wildlife restoration and preservation has been wildly successful. The secret to its success has been the commitment of the citizens who spend significant time outdoors, hunters. Come to the program to learn what funds wildlife restoration, how to participate, and what creatures have benefitted from this innovative law.

Breakfast with the Birds...

Breakfast with the Birds will be held 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The topic will be “Outdoor Survival Prep.”

In the interest of spending more time outside, it pays to plan ahead. Sometimes things do not go as anticipated. With a few key things in a small survival kit, potential problems merely become momentary inconveniences. Find out what you should be carrying in your survival kit. The program includes making your own survival bracelet.

Breakfast with the Birds 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 the naturalist. Bring your binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward.

Folk Jam...

Folk Music Jam sessions are hosted the second and fourth Sundays 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 Aug. 26.

For more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood at 463-4022 or

Quilting classes...

Quilt classes will be held August 16 and 30. Contact LaGrange County Parks Dept. at 854-2225 or lagrangecounty for project details.

David Rogers Days...

Celebrate the lives of the pioneers with the parks dept. at the David Rogers Days Living History Festival Aug. 25 and 26.

Participate in a day in the life of 1845 LaGrange County at David Rogers Memorial Park. In the village will be demonstrators of early handwork. There will also be youth crafts to participate in along with folk music, entertainment and pioneer foods.

DavidRogers Memorial Parkis located at 2355W 550S. A map is downloadable at www.

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 the LaGrange County Parks call 260-854-2225 or 260-463-4022 or e-mail