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County Parks Report for February


Breakfast with the Birds...

 This month’s Breakfast with the Birds will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 20. The subject will be raccoons.

Also called “Masked Bandit,” “Little Bear,” and “Furball,” raccoons are one of the wild creatures that seem to show up whereever humans do. Either they like us or they are taking advantage of us. Learn the habits and natural history of raccoons.

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 binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterwards. A small donation is recommended.

Quilting class...

Quilt classes are offered in February and April.

Iva's Block will be on Saturday, Feb. 23. Sugar and Spice will be on Saturday, April 13. Class time is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

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 the LaGrange County Parks Department at 260-854-2225 or e-mail lagrangecountyparks@ Cutting instructions are available upon registration.

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 is from 1:30-5 p.m. on Feb. 24.

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

Maple Syrup Days...

Start planning ahead for the sweetest of events. Maple sugar season is just around the corner. Come celebrate the syrup harvest at Maple Syrup Days on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. both days.

Syrup season volunteers are needed from mid-February through the end of syrup season, usually middle or late March. Sappers are on a call list for sap gathering alerts when the buckets are nearly full. Maple Syrup Days also needs volunteers to keep tables tidy and syrup bottles full.

Anyone who would like to be involved in syrup season should contact Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or maplwood

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@