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LaGrange County Parks news

All LaGrange County offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed Easter Sunday, April 20. Trails will be open.

Woodcock watch…

The courtship display of this small, feathery migrant does not last long but it is very predictable. The woodcock courting display is aerial finesse that defies his stumpy, little shape. Bring binoculars if possible, dress for the weather and be prepared for walking.

The watch at Delt Church Park, 6455S 220W, is Wednesday, April 2. Meet at the Field Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

The watch at Pine Knob Park, 2825E SR 120, is Thursday, April 3. Meet at the program center at 7:30 p.m.

Hunter safety class…

A pre-turkey season Hunter's Safety Class will be held this Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, at Maple Wood Nature Center.

Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to take this class before obtaining a firearms hunting permit. It is also recommended for hunters of any age who have not gone through this or a similar course.

Class time on Saturday is 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s class will be from 1-5 p.m. Both sessions must be attended to earn certification. Participants must bring pencils and a lunch.

The Hunter's Safety Class is free, expenses are paid for with each hunting license sold in Indiana.

Registration is required due to space limitations. Register for the class online at If you do not have internet access call 854-2225 to register.

Questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by the Indiana Conservation Officers at 260-244-3720.

Spring Art Class…

“Falling Water” is the subject for the Spring Art Class from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Maple Wood Nature Center. Painting with acrylics, the project is the base of a northern waterfall cascading down a rocky mountainside.

Supplies will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch. There is a cost. Register by calling 854-2225 or e-mail

Wildflower walk…

Their growing season is very short. Their reproductive opportunity is even shorter. Get into the woods when the first session of wildflowers is at their peak. A guided wildflower walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Maple Wood Nature Center. Bring a camera and flower field guide if possible.

Breakfast with the Birds…

Breakfast with the Birds will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

This program 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 a naturalist. Bring binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward. A small donation for the program is recommended.

This month’s subject is “Audubon's America.” An unlikely candidate for success, John James Audubon proved to be a gifted artist, enthusiastic explorer, and self-taught scientist. His works brought wild America to folks in their own homes and he was an early voice for conservation. 

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 27. 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 LaGrange County Parks, call 260-854-2225 or 260-463-4022 or e-mail

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