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January LaGrange County Parks news

Winter art class…

An experience that everyone should share is Aurora Borealis over a wooded northern lake. The pulsing of the northern lights, the reflection in the calm water, ice creeping out from the shoreline, all add to an unforgettable night.

Winter Art Class is the instructor’s memory of just such a night. The lesson in acrylics is perfect for painters of all abilities.

Winter Art Class, Northern Lights, will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. Supplies will be provided but participants should bring their own lunch. There is a cost. Register by e-mailing lagrange or call (260) 854-2225.

Breakfast with the Birds…

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.

This month’s topic is the river otter. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. on January 15.

Human children are not the only creatures that enjoy winter sledding. River otters do too! They are also better at fishing than you could ever hope to be. Their reintroduction to Indiana is a great success story.

Winter track walks…

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 can give clues to the wild population and the health of its various members.

There are two Winter Track Walks. The first will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Maple Wood Nature Center. The second will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Pine Knob Park in Howe.

Dress for the weather!

Quilt class…

January’s quilt class will be on Saturday, Jan. 25. For project details, contact the LaGrange County Parks office at (260) 854 2225.

There is a cost. Registration is required by calling (260) 854 2225 or e-mail lagrange

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 1:30-5:00 p.m. on January 26.

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



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 lagrangecountyparks@