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July County Parks Report


All LaGrange County offices are closed Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Maple Wood Nature Center is closed for Cowboy Day, Saturday, July 27.

Maple Wood Nature Center is closed Sundays in July.

Summer Frog Census…

Frog populations are determined by reporting frog calls in breeding season. The Parks is guiding a summer frog census in two parks. Dallas Lake Park census is Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., Pine Knob Park frog census is Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Dallas Lake Park is at 0505W 700S Wolcottville.

Pine Knob Park is 2825E SR120.

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 your binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward. Recommended donation is $1.00.

Frogging by Ear, Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.

In some cases the only way to tell frogs apart from each other is when they croon. There is lots of variability in frog voices, though most of them produce sound in a similar manner.

Many scientific surveys of frog populations are based upon calls alone.

None of them go ribbit!

Maple Wood Tracks Walk…

Thursday, July 18, 1:00p, Maple Wood Nature Center Following up June's Tracks program, we will walk the maple woods to seek clues of what has recently been there. We will list our guesses then explore to support or disprove who lives there.

LaGrange Rock Walk…

Friday, July 19, 2:00p, LaGrange Library One of our most important, though often overlooked, natural resources is rocks. They are literally the foundation of our towns and roads. We will talk about the three major types of rock, then walk LaGrange to find what rocks the town is made of. Meet at LaGrange Library, 203 West Spring Street. Be prepared to walk a significant portion of downtown LaGrange.

Cowboy Day…

Saturday, July 27, 12:00-4:00 Saturday, July 27, 2013 is the 9th annual National Day of the Cowboy.

Governor Pence has signed a proclamation officially recognizing the day in Indiana.

Cowboys and Cowgirls are invited to bring their families for a picnic at David Rogers Memorial Park. Campfires will be burning if you want to roast your grub. Friends of LaGrange County Parks chuck wagon will be selling hot dogs and beans.

Cowboy family activities start in the afternoon and include learning how to saddle a horse, roping, horse shoe pitching, nerf shooting gallery, western crafts, and more. The big hit, Cap Gun Fast Draw, is the end of the day. Youth and adults compete for the Golden Guns.

Special cowboy guest for the day is Mark Redmond, author of The Adventures of Arty Anderson.

Suggested donation for Park Your Horse is $3 per person. David Rogers Memorial Park is at 2355W 550S, Wolcottville.

Folk Jam…

Sunday, July 30, 1:30-5:00

Folk Music Jam Sessions are hosted the fourth Sunday of each month. Jams are mostly folk, country and bluegrass music with other styles thrown in from time to time.

This month’s Jam is July 28, 1:30-5:00p.

If you have other questions contact Erv Troyer, 463-2247, or Maple Wood at 463-4022,