Calendar of Events

For Outdoor Fun, check out these workshops, nature programs, family activities and more!
For information or to register for events, phone 574-654-3155 or email
All programs have a minimum and maximum registration number; register early!
  1. Thu Oct. 18

    HallowLantern Hayride The time is ripe for carving pumpkins! Join us for a hayride into the woods where families can carve a Jack-O'-Lantern. Learn the spooky origins of this Halloween craft as you carve and enjoy a campfire treat. One pumpkin per family. Registration and payment are required by October 15.
  2. Fri Oct. 19

    2018 National Orienteering Championship: Middle Distance In orienteering your mission is to find a series of checkpoints in the terrain. You have a map identifying checkpoint locations, your wits for determining the fastest route between checkpoints, and your powers of observation. The public is welcome to participate. Register on-site, the afternoon of the event. Visit for more information.
  3. Sat Oct. 20 - Sun Oct. 21

    St. Pat's 24-hr Run For more information, visit
  4. Sun Oct. 21

    Trails of Treats: Orienteering Ages 6 & up, accompanied by adult! Come in your Halloween costume for a fun navigational challenge. You will get a map showing the locations of "treat" baskets. Use the map and your wits to find each basket and collect a token. At the finish, turn in your tokens for candy. Registration and payment are required by October. 17.
  5. Sun Oct. 21

    Public Hayrides Meet at the Playground. Departure times: 1:30, 2, 2:30 & 3 pm. Hayrides are one of the best ways to enjoy the cool autumn air and fall colors at Bendix Woods County Park. Make an afternoon of it - bring a picnic, take a hike and enjoy the park! Weather conditions permitting.
  1. Sat Oct. 27

    Sunset and Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Depart from Bendix Woods County Park. Join a St. Joseph County Park interpreter for a trip to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area for an evening of crane watching. Bring a sack lunch for an evening dinner. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. There is a small amount of walking and stair climbing to the observation deck. Registration and payment are required by October 23.
  2. Sat Nov. 3

    Family Passport to Play: S'more Fun Enjoy this colorful time of year with a tractor-drawn hayride. A campfire, s'mores and hot cocoa await you after the brisk ride. For more information on this partnered event visit the Family Passport to Play page on Facebook.
  3. Sat Nov. 10

    Tail-Waggin' Hayride Bring your dog for a tractor-drawn hayride through the crisp autumn air. Light refreshments for dogs and owners are available for purchase. Pet-related donations aid Pet Connect! Pets must me on a 6-foot leash. Pet costumes welcomed.
  4. Sat Dec. 1

    Women Experience the Outdoors: DIY Holiday Silk Scarf Need a last-minute gift for someone special, or a fun accessory to brighten up your holiday outfit? Paint a silk scarf with a beautiful tie-dye or watercolor effect. All materials provided. Registration and payment are required by November 23.
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