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January LaGrange County Parks news


Holiday closing...

All LaGrange County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Winter Art Class...

A Winter Art Class is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January’s art class is an oil project. The scene is an early morning northern lake with the mist still rising from the water. Nearby is a rocky island, and perhaps a loon in the distance.

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

There is a cost. Register by calling the park office at 854-2225 or e-mail maplwood@

Breakfast with the Birds...

This month’s Breakfast with the Birds will be on Wednesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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 afterward. A small donation for the program is recommended.

The topic will be “Canada Goose.” The Canada goose is one of our most abundant waterfowl and a most successful restoration story. So successful, in fact, that LaGrange County has extended hunting seasons on them. Goose is a flavorful wild harvest. Attendees will be able to taste some sample recipes.

Winter track walk...

A Winter Track Walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Pine Knob Park in Howe. Participants should dress for the weather.

The easiest time of the year to follow creatures is when they leave footprints in the snow. Tracks leave a wealth of information: what walked here, what direction was it traveling, was it fast or slow, was it being followed, and so on.

In addition to footprints, there are places where creatures stop to eat, places to sleep, places to...release ballast, shall we say. All of this is information that can give clues to the wild population and the health of its various members.

Pine Knob Park is located at 2825E SR 120, three miles east of Howe.

Quilt class...

January’s quilt class will be on Saturday, Jan. 19. For project details, contact LaGrange County Parks office at (260) 854-2225.

There is a cost and registration is required by calling the parks office at (260) 854-2225 or e-mail lagrangecountyparks@

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 Jan. 27. For more information, contact Erv Troyer at (260) 463-2247 or or Maple Wood 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 the LaGrange County Parks, call 260-854-2225 or 260-463-4022 or e-mail