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June Parks Report

One great reason to go outside (as if you need another reason) is to go fishing. Indiana's Free Fishing Weekend is June 1 and 2 throughout the whole state, when no fishing license is required.

LaGrange County Parks and Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area are partnering to give new anglers the basic skills to Go FishIN. There will be guidance for learning how to attach a hook, how to cast, how to identify Indiana game fish, fishy games to play, and more. Families are encouraged to picnic afterward.

Go FishIN will be held at Rainbow Pit in the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area, west of the junction of CR 300E and CR 400N. Registration is required by calling 367-2164. There is no charge and supplies will be provided.

Download the Indiana fishing guide book at:

Swimming lessons and summer recreation registration…

Summer day camps are now accepting registrations.

Registration for swimming lessons begins Monday, June 10.

Among the day camps are By Gone Days for ages 8-11 featuring outdoor games and pioneer skills at David Rogers Memorial Park, Nature Bound for ages 6-11 featuring nature study and games at Dallas Lake Park, and Adventure Bound for ages 12-15, featuring higher level activities and challenges meeting in multiple locations.

Swimming lessons are offered at Dallas Lake Park. Swimming sessions meet for two weeks, 50 minutes daily, and are available to youth ages 5 and up.

Call 854-2225 to request the summer recreation flier or request the e-mail version at

Breakfast with the Birds…

Breakfast with the Birds is for anyone who is free a 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 is recommended.

The program on Sea of Grass will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

The tallgrass prairie of North America reached through Indiana and into Ohio. The vastness of all that grass fed phenomenal herds of wildlife. It also hosts the greatest diversity of insects. This program will explore what is special about a sea of grass.

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 Sunday, June 23. Contact Erv Troyer, 463-2247, or Maple Wood at 463-4022,



Tracks and Animal Signs      JUNE 27, 1:00p, THURSDAY

How do you find wild things? Look for where they have been. LaGrange County Park Interpretive Naturalist introduces how to find evidence of wild things. Foot prints, lunch stops, and other things...left behind... are conclusive proof of wild creatures around you. In the program room at LaGrange Library.



A guided wildflower walk is scheduled in the tallgrass prairie. 

Saturday, June 29, 10:00a at Pine Knob Park. Bring a hat for shade and a water bottle.


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, 260-463-4022 or