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LaGrange County Parks September report



MapleWood Nature Centerwill be closed Sept. 1-5 for Labor Day. Trails will be open.

All LaGrange County offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.

MapleWood Nature Centerwill be closed Sept. 22 for National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Hunter Safety Class...

Autumn Hunter's Safety classes will be held Sept. 16 and 17 at Pine Knob Park in Howe and Oct. 19-20 at Maple Wood Nature Center in LaGrange.

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 times are as follows: 1-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, and 5:30-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17; 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Participants must bring pencils and a break time meal.

PineKnob Parkis located three miles east of Howe on SR 120. Maple Wood Nature Center is located 4.5 miles east and 1 mile south of LaGrange on CR 100S.

There is no charge for Hunter's Safety Class. Expenses are paid for with each hunting license sold in Indiana.

Registration is required by calling (260) 854-2225 or e-mail to

Other questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by the Indiana Conservation officers at 260-244-3720.

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

This month’s program at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 will be on “Wildlife Restoration.”

The American model for wildlife conservation is wildly successful. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Act, also known as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Learn what funds wildlife restoration, how to participate, and what creatures benefit from this innovative law.

Family Movie Night...

The Friends of LaGrange County Parks are hosting an outdoor family movie night on Friday, Sept. 21, at David Rogers Memorial Park. Bring chairs, blankets, and what have you to for an outdoor theater experience.

Follow local media outlets for details on the show and times.

David Rogers Park is located at 2355W 550S.

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 Sept. 23.

For more information contact Jam Leader Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or

Rug hook event...

The First Northeast Indiana Rug Hook Event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Maple Wood Nature Center in LaGrange.

The Wooley 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 Jan Ehle at (260) 704-5564 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 854-2225 or 463-4022 or e-mail maplwood@