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LaGrange County Parks report July


Special Closing

Maple Wood Nature Center is closed July 4 for Independence Day LaGrange County Parks Office is closed July 4 for Independence Day Maple Wood Nature Center is closed Sundays in July. Trails are open.

Maple Wood Nature Center is closed Saturday, July 28 for Cowboy Day

Summer Art Class - July 14

July's art class scene is set in the American Southwest. Buttes tower behind the plain. The approaching storm silhouettes a bison.

Summer Art Class, Distant Storm, is Saturday, July 14, 10:00-4:00. 

Supplies are provided. Bring your own paints and brushes if you have them. Also, bring your lunch. Cost is $20. Register at or call the Park Office, 854-2225.

Breakfast with the Birds - July 18

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 afterward. Recommended donation is $1.00.

Fishing, July 18, 8:30a

There is more to fishing than drowning a worm. Guest Angler, Jim Gust, comes to speak on the fine pastime of catching fish. Gust brings an understand of underwater habitats and help with identifying fish. 

Proper gear for fishing is also discussed.

Folk Jam – July 22

Folk Music Jam Sessions are hosted the second and fourth Sundays 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 is July 22, 1:30-5:00 p.m. If you have any more questions contact Erv Troyer, 463-2247, or Maple Wood at 463-4022,

Cowboy Day – July 28

2012 is the 8th annual National Day of the American Cowboy. Saturday, July 28, cowboys and cowgirls are invited to bring their families for a picnic to David Rogers Memorial Park.

Cowboy family activities start at 12:00 and include learning how to saddle a horse, roping, horse shoe pitching, and more. Last year’s big hit returns, Cap Gun Fast Draw competing for the Golden Guns.

Cowboy author Mark Redmond, creator of the Arty Anderson western adventures presents Culture of the American Cowboy at 2:00. Redmond is available all afternoon for signing books.

Suggested donation for Park Your Horse is $3 per person. David Rogers Memorial Park is at 2355W 550S. Cowboy Day activities are sponsored by Shipshewana Harness.

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