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February LaGrange County Parks report


All LaGrange County offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day.

Breakfast with the Birds...

This month’s Breakfast with the Birds will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

This month’s topic is “Cough It Up.” Swallow it whole is a peculiar way to eat, unless you are an owl. However, the gastronomic feat has a drawback – parts are ingested that are not nutritious, so they get spit out. This is a great thing for science because we can examine owl pellets to figure out exactly what the owl ate.

Breakfast with the Birds is for anyone who is free one morning of each month. The program starts with coffee and doughnuts, then a talk or discussion is offered by a naturalist. Bring your binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterwards.  A small donation from attendees is recommended.

Quilt class...

A Quilt Class will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. There is a cost.

Registration is required by contact the LaGrange County Parks at 854-2225 or lagrange

Project details are available at the park office. Piece preparation instructions will be 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 will be from 1:30-5 p.m. on Feb. 26.

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

Hunter safety class...

A hunter safety class will be held on April 13 and 14 at Maple Wood Nature Center.

If you were born after Dec. 31, 1986, this class is required 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 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Participants must bring pencils and a lunch.

The hunter safety class is free, expenses are paid for with each hunting license sold in Indiana. However, registration is required due to space limitations. Call 854-2225 or e-mail lagrange to register.

Other questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by Indiana Conservation officers at 367-2185.

Maple Syrup Days...

Start planning ahead for the sweetest of events. Maple sugar season is just around the corner and LaGrange County Parks will celebrate the syrup harvest at Maple Syrup Days on March 17 and 18 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Syrup season volunteers are helpful 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.

If you would like to be involved in syrup season, contact Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022.

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