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September Parks Report

September activities

Late Summer prairie walk…

The tallgrass prairie planting at Pine Knob Park is in glorious bloom.

Cone flowers, milkweeds of various types, wild sunflowers, combine to make a colorful show.

Prairie Flower Walk is Saturday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. at Pine Knob Park. Consider bringing a hat for shade and a water bottle.

CPR and AED certification…

Earn or renew certification for CPR and AED. Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at Maple Wood Nature Center. Fee is $40. Registration is required, 854-2225 or

For additional info contact Parkview Emergency Medical Instructor Kat Dunkel, 336-1474.

Breakfast with the Birds…

Breakfast with the Birds is for anyone who is free a 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.

This month’s program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, and the topic is “Sunlight After Sunset.”

For most of human history nighttime meant stop unless you could use burning flames to extend the day. The history of the United States is also a history of experiments to improve artificial lighting. Through a collection of artifacts explore the quest to harness sunlight after sunset.

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 jams is September 22, 1:30-5:00 p.m. For more information contact Jam Leader, Erv Troyer, 463-2247, or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022,

National Hunting and Fishing Day…

LaGrange County Parks is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day at Pine Knob Park, Saturday, September 28, 10:00-4:00. National Hunting and Fishing Day exists to encourage the next generation of caretakers by highlighting the skills and culture of wildlife conservation.

Junior Achievement Bow Shoot

Junior Achievement serving LaGrange County hosts the morning Bow Shoot. The competition follows the 1.7 mile, 26 target 3-D course. 

Archery Shoot is open 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration is $10 for 16 years and under, $15 for adults 17 years and older. Archers are divided into classes; Cub 11 years and younger, Youth 12-16 years, Adult 17 years and up. There will be awards and door prizes. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement in LaGrange County. For more information contact Vicki Decker at (574)527-2080

Conservation Sports

The afternoon is a variety of activities and programs to introduce the conservation sports. National Wild Turkey Federation brings an airgun shooting range. Try fishing with equipment provided by GoFishin. Learn the art of turkey calling. Plan ahead with the 5 C’s of wilderness survival.

Pine Knob Park is 2825E SR120, three miles east of Howe. Map is at

Northeast Indiana Rug Hook Event…

The second Northeast Indiana Rug Hook Event is at Maple Wood Nature Center Saturday, September 28, 10:00-4:00.

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 and a bag lunch.

Seating is limited, so participants are required to contact one of the following; Laurie Proctor,; Jan Ehle

Hunter Safety Class…

We are hosting two sessions of Autumn Hunter's Safety Class, October 5-6 at Pine Knob Park and October 23-25 at Dallas Lake Park. If you were born after December 31, 1986, this class is required before obtaining a firearms hunting permit. It is recommended for hunters of any age who have not gone through this or a similar course.

Class times are as follows:

I - October, Saturday, 5, 9:30-4:00, and Sunday 6, 1:30-5:00. Pine Knob Park.

II - October, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24, and Friday 25, 5:30-9:00. Dallas Lake Park.

Participants must bring pencils and a lunch. There is no charge for Hunter's Safety Class, expenses are paid for with each hunting license sold in Indiana.

Register on-line at for Oct 5-6 or for Oct 23-24-25. If you do not have on-line access call 854-2225 to register. 

Registration is required due to space limitations.

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

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 854-2225, 463-4022 or lagrangecounty