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LaGrange County Parks September activities


Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed September 1-7 for Fall Break. Trails will be open.

LaGrange County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Breakfast with the Birds…

Breakfast with the Birds is for anyone who is free beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The program starts with coffee and doughnuts, then a talk or discussion is offered by a naturalist. Attendees can bring binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward. A small donation for the program is recommended.

This month’s program is on cast-iron cooking. Cast iron has been the choice for cooking on a fire for a long time. The more you use it, the better it seems to get. How do you care for cast iron? What recipes are well suited to cooking over a fire? These questions will be answered at Breakfast with the Birds.

Hunting and Fishing Day…

Pine Knob Park will host special activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day. NHF Day exists to encourage the next generation of caretakers by highlighting the skills and culture of wildlife conservation.

The biggest event of the day is the bow competition shoot by Junior Achievement of LaGrange County from 8 a.m. until noon. There are two classes, ages 16 and under $10 and adults $15. A family of three or more can register for $25. For additional details contact JA, Stacey Dumbacher (260) 415-3422,

Sportsman Tailgate Rummage Sale is 9:00-3:00. Contact Park Office for vendor reservation.

Conservation sport activities are available to try 1:00-3:00. The Pheasants Forever Airsoft Range, Archery instruction, S.A.F.E. Archery Hoverball Range, and canoes and kayaks on Meteer Lake.

Friends of LaGrange County Parks is sponsoring lunch served by Pokagon Longrifles.

Pine Knob Park is 2825E SR120, or three miles east of Howe on SR120.

Rug Hook event…

The fourth annual Northeast Indiana Rug Hook Event is at Maple Wood Nature Center on Saturday, September 26, 10:00-4:00.

Wooly for Ewe hooking group is sponsoring a day of personal projects and exhibits. Bring projects to work on while enjoying the woods setting. Participants are encouraged to bring finished projects for display.

Seating is limited, so participants are required to contact Judy Privett,, (260) 466-1625.

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 is September 27, 1:30-5:00 p.m. If you have questions contact Erv Troyer, 463-2247, or Maple Wood at 463-4022,

Hunter Safety Education…

Hunter Safety is the state required curriculum that must be passed before obtaining an Indiana hunting license. Hunter Safety Class is no charge, expenses are paid with each hunting license sold in Indiana. Registration is required. Register on-line at

Questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, or Indiana Conservation Officers at 260-244-3720.

September class is September 29, 30, October 1, Dallas Lake Park, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30-9:00. All three session must be attended. Participants must bring pencils and a lunch. Dallas Lake Park is 0505W 700S, Wolcottville.

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, (260) 463-4022 or