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Summer day camps registration is being accepted now.

Swimming lessons registration will begin Monday, June 4.

Among the day camps are:

Bygone Days - pioneer and Indian games and crafts for ages 8-11 at David Rogers Memorial Park.

Nature Bound - nature study and games for ages 6-11 at Dallas Lake Park.

Adventure Bound - higher level activities and challenges for ages 12-15 in multiple locations.

Swimming lessons are offered at Dallas Lake Park. Sessions meet for two weeks, last for 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

Night walk...

A Night Walk will be held Friday, June 1, at Pine Knob Park in Howe. Meet at the park’s program center, 2825E SR 120, at 8:30 p.m.

Nature at night is at least as active as it is for the daytime dwellers. To do your living after dark, you must pay attention to your senses differently than in the light. During this guided night walk, participants can encounter nature at night on its own terms. You have to feel the trail you are walking on. A scent can tell you which plants you are near. The sounds belong to voices that are seldom heard in sunlight.

Among the possible nighttime encounters could be flying squirrels, raccoons, whippoorwills, and bats. Certain frogs are very vocal this time of year in the dark. You may also see glowworms and glowing fungus. The best part is calling owls.

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 is recommended to support the program.

This month’s program at 8:30 a.m. on June 20 will be on ferns.

Ferns are incredibly diverse in size, leaf shape, and propagation. In science language, ferns are considered primitive yet these survivors have been around long enough to be turned into coal. After the program, participants will take a fern walk through the maple woods.

Quilt sampler workshops...

Summer Sampler Quilt workshops will be held June 14 and August 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Maple Wood Nature Center.

These sessions work on sample quilt blocks. Each class a new technique or different way of construction is taught. Quilt sampler fabric buying information and cutting instructions will be provided upon registration.

There is a cost for each session. Register by calling 854-2225 or e-mail lagrangecounty


For more details, contact quilt instructors Ira Johnson at 463-1438 or Julia Wolheter at 367-1449.

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 June 24. for more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or reo43@ or Maple Wood 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