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LaGrange County Parks July activities

All LaGrange County offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed July 5 and 6, Saturday, July 19, for National Day of the Cowboy, and all Sundays in July.

Art Class…

Summer Art Class will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Maple Wood Nature Center. A southern swamp with its resident great blue heron and hanging moss will be the day’s project in acrylics.

Supplies will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch. There is a cost.

Register by calling the park office at 854-2225 or e-mail lagrangecountyparks@yahoo.com.

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.

National Day of the Cowboy…

National Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated in LaGrange County on Wednesday, July 16. Cowboys and cowgirls are invited to bring their families for a picnic at David Rogers Memorial Park.

Governor Pence has signed a proclamation officially recognizing the day in Indiana. What do cowboys have to do with Indiana? Quite a bit actually. Learn about cowboy culture and the movement to recognize cowboy contribution to American culture. Find out which western notables have a connection to LaGrange County.

Friends of LaGrange County Parks are making chuckwagon grub for whoever wants to wander out for lunch. Park your horse from noon until 4 p.m.

Cowboy family activities run from noon to 4 p.m. and include learning how to saddle a horse, roping, horseshoe pitching, Nerf shooting gallery, western crafts, and more. The big hit of past celebrations, the Cap Gun Fast Draw, will be held at the end of the day. Youth and adults can compete for the Golden Guns.

Special guest will be Jerry Betley, volunteer from the National Day of the Cowboy national office. Specially invited this year is Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) cowboys. SASS cowboys and cowgirls are reenactors of late 19th Century cowboy era and bring a flair for historic authenticity.

A small donation per person is suggested for Park Your Horse.

David Rogers Memorial Park is located at 2355W 550S in Wolcottville.

Explore bowhunting…

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering a series of “Explore Bowhunting” instructor training workshops this summer.

The workshops will be held on Saturday, July 19, at Pine Knob Park in Howe.

Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program focusing on interaction with people and wildlife. Explore Bowhunting teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt. However, it is more than a tool to teach bowhunting. It teaches students how to feel comfortable outdoors, whether the goal is to bowhunt, photograph wildlife, or otherwise interact with nature. The focus is getting close to animals. This approach teaches appreciation of what is around and enhances encounters with the outdoors.

Explore Bowhunting’s instructor base is formal and informal educators of middle and high school students ages 11-17. Instructors interested in teaching both adults and younger students would find this curriculum useful. Whether your goal is to teach bowhunting in one course or individual activities to illustrate or further develop a skill, Explore Bowhunting’s innovative approach will keep students motivated.

School, afterschool, and recreation program leaders are encouraged to attend.

To register contact Amanda Wuestefeld or Diane Day at 317-234-8440 or dfwed@dnr.in.gov.

Folk jam…

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 will be from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.

For more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or reo43@aol.com or Maple Wood at 463-4022 or lagrangecounty parks@yahoo.com.

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 lagrangecountyparks @yahoo.com.