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LaGrange Co. Parks September activities

Hunter safety class…

The LaGrange County Parks Department will host Hunter's Safety Education this fall. Three sessions are available as follows:

·         Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sept. 12, 13, and 14, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Pine Knob Park in Howe, class number 106793.

·         Friday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., both at Dallas Lake Park, class number 106794.

·         Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7, and 8, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Maple Wood Nature Center, class number 106795.

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 http:// /view/(class number). 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.

Pine Knob Hunting and Fishing Day…

The LaGrange County Parks Department will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Pine Knob Park in Howe.

National Hunting and Fishing Day exists to encourage the next generation of caretakers by highlighting the skills and culture of wildlife conservation.

Junior Achievement serving LaGrange County will host the morning bow shoot. The competition follows the 1.7-mile, 30-target 3-D course. Archery Shoot is open from 8 a.m. until noon. Registration is $10 for ages 16 and under, $15 for adults age 17 and older. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement in LaGrange County.

For more information contact Stacey Dumbacher at (260) 415-3422.

Other activities include Pheasants Forever airsoft range, archery instruction, and more. Friends of LaGrange County Parks and Whitetails Unlimited are sponsoring a free lunch.

There is also a Crossbow to win! Crossbow give-away is at 12:30 p.m. and must be present to win. Earn entries for the crossbow by participation.

Pine Knob Park is located at 2825E SR 120, three miles east of Howe. A map is available for download at

Patchwork Trails walks the Pumpkinvine…

Tuesday, Sept. 19, is the “Rails to Trails Walk” on the Pumpkinvine Trail in Shipshewana, starting at 6 p.m. Participants should park on CR 850W north of Edd's Supply and walk south to the trail access. The walk will follow the route of the Pumpkin Vine Railroad through the wooded countryside.

Patchwork Trails is the walking program cooperative of LaGrange County Library and LaGrange County Parks Department. It combines exercise, education, friendship, and fun.

Breakfast with the Birds…

The September 20 Breakfast with the Birds will be all about “Honey Recipes.” The program starts at 8:30 a.m.

Honey is the other natural sugar that can be harvested wild in northern Indiana. Though honeybees are not native to North America, they thrive here. Their sweet treat does not spoil and imparts its own flavor to cooking.

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 a naturalist. Bring binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward. A $2 donation to support the program is recommended.

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 1:30-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. For more information contact Jam Leader Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or lagrange

Rug hook event…

The Autumn Northeast Indiana Rug Hook Event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Maple Wood Nature Center.

Wooly for Ewe hooking group is sponsoring a day of personal projects and exhibits. Bring projects to work on while enjoying the woodsy setting. Participants are encouraged to bring finished projects for display. Those curious about hooking and fiber arts are welcome.

Seating is limited, so participants are required to contact Judy Wherling at to reserve a spot.

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 or 463-4022 or email lagrangecountyparks. org.