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March Parks Report


LaGrange County Parks Report for March

Maple Syrup Days...

Maple Syrup Days to celebrate the annual maple sap harvest will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18. Highlights include tasting the final product along with free tours through the sugar house.

The South Milford Lions will serve all the pancakes you care to eat from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sugar house tours will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wagon tours through the sugar bush will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Three different ways to make maple syrup will be shown – how it used to be done, how it is done now, and how it can be done at home. The wagon tour interpreters will introduce attendees to the trees and explain their life cycle.

“The Sugar Makers” marionette show will return with a story adapted from the book The Young Sugar Makers of the West Woods. Another puppet show will debut this year. “Mr. Punch's Syrup” is an adaptation of the world's oldest slapstick puppet play.

Dress warmly to stay around awhile and enjoy all the festival has to offer. And most importantly, come hungry.

Breakfast with the Birds...

The March 21 Breakfast with the Birds program will be all about maple recipes.

It is a favorite park tradition – cooking with maple. Since maple sugar is our only wild harvested sweetener, it is great fun to feature it as the gourmet flavor it really is. What will it be this year? Dessert? Salad dressing? Main course? You will have to come and find out.

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

Folk Jam...

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.

The March Jam will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. on March 25. For more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or

Art class...

The Spring Art Class, “Rainbow Trout,” will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

Fish can be just as colorful as birds, which is rather surprising since they live in a realm of subdued light. This quarter's art class is an exercise in the play of shadow and light as seen on a rainbow trout.

Supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own paints and brushes if possible along with a lunch.




There is a cost. Register by e-mailing or call the LaGrange County Parks at (260) 854-2225.

Woodcock Watch...

The courtship display of the woodcock does not last long, but is very predictable. Typically, you can encounter four woodcock but have met six on the same night.

Meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Field Pavilion of Delt Church Park. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Delt Church Park is located at 6455S 200W.

Early Bird Tour...

Birding is a great excuse to tour LaGrange County. The Early Bird Tour hits birding hotspots during the first phase of spring migration.

The trip focuses on waterfowl since the waters will have recently opened. There should also be some shorebirds and waders.

The tour will start from Maple Wood Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. Bring binoculars, a journal and a bag lunch. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet.

Register by e-mailing or call 463-4022. A small donation for the program is recommended.

Hunter Safety Class...

A Hunter's Safety Class will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at Maple Wood Nature Center.

If you were born after December 31, 1986, this class is required 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 is 5:50 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Participants must bring pencils and a lunch.

Hunter's Safety Class is free, expenses are paid with each hunting license sold in Indiana. Registration is required due to space limitations. To register, e-mail lagrangecountyparks@ or call 854-2225.

MapleWood Nature Centeris 4550E 100S, 4.5 miles east and one mile south of LaGrange.

Other questions regarding hunting seasons and hunter eligibility can be answered by Indiana Conservation Officers at 367-2185. For other questions regarding hunting seasons and regulations, call Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area at 367-2164.

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