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LaGrange County Parks April news



All LaGrange County offices will be closed on April 6 in observance of Good Friday.

MapleWood Nature Centerwill be closed on April 8 in observance of Easter Sunday.

Woodcock Watch...

It is an annual treasure to witness. The woodcock courting display is aerial finesse that defies his stumpy, little shape. The form of this ritual is so engraved inside of him that it makes him very predictable.

Typically, participants encounter four woodcock, but have met six on the same night.

There will be a Woodcock Watch at Delt Church Park. Meet at the large field pavilion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

DeltChurch Parkis located at 6455S 200W, ½ mile north of CR 700S on CR 200W. Wear walking shoes and bring binoculars.

Early Bird Tour...

Birding is a great excuse to tour LaGrange County. The Early Bird Tour hits birding hotspots during the first phase of spring migration. The trip focuses on waterfowl since the waters are well open. There should also be some shorebirds and waders.

Start from Maple Wood Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. Bring binoculars, a journal and a bag lunch. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet.

Registration is required by calling 854-2225 or e-mail la A small donation for the program is recommended.

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 afterwards. A small donation for the program is recommended.

This month’s program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 18 and will be about frogs.

What a life; born underwater, tail locomotion, silent. Then a change: breathe air, hop on legs, sing for a sweetheart. During the season of frog songs participants will learn about frogs’ life cycle, their Hoosier family members, and their courtship serenade.

CurtisCreekTrout Tour...

Indianahas a very successful lake and stream stocking program of sport fish. The rainbow trout stocked in Northeast Indiana are raised right here in LaGrange County.

Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station is opening its doors for a Trout Tour on Thursday, April 19. See the attention required to hatch, raise and release tens of thousands of trout every year. Participants may even get to feed the new stock before release.

Curtis Creek Trout Tour starts from Pine Knob Park at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required by calling 854-2225 or e-mail la A small donation for the program is recommended.




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 April 22. For more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or

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