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 bendixwoods@sjcparks.org.
All programs have a minimum and maximum registration number; register early!
  1. Tue Sep. 24

    Be Well - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park We are partnering with the St. Joseph County Health Department to help you "Be Well!" Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and provide time for questions. Join us for a walk in the park (as far as you are comfortable.)
  2. Wed Sep. 25

    Bringing Back the Bison - St. Patrick's County Park Join us for a trip to visit the herd of bison at Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands in Morocco, IN. Take a driving tour of the restored prairies and wetlands managed by the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, view the bison, take a short hike, and bring a sack lunch for a picnic. We will return in the afternoon. Registration and payment are required by September 18. We will be stopping for ice cream on the trip home, please bring money.
  3. Thu Sep. 26

    Morning Prairie Walk for Adults - Bendix Woods County Park - Nature Center Come explore the beauty of the autumn prairie. We'll look at blooming flowers, seedpods, and insect activity. Enjoy the seasonal changes! Registration is required by September 25.
  4. Thu Sep. 26

    Night "O" - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Can you read a basic map? Are you up for a thrilling experience in a deep dark forest? If so, be brave, grab a partner and register for a night of orienteering. Bring a flashlight and a watch to help locate checkpoints within the time limit. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment are required by September 23.
  5. Sat Sep. 28

    Invasive Species Workshop - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Tina Flanigan, Chief Steward with Invasive Removal from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves will share her experiences of removing invasive species. Participants will be able to observe herbicide treatment in the field. Please dress for the weather and wear proper hiking shoes. Registration is required by September 24.
  6. Tue Oct. 1

    Be Well - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park We are partnering with the St. Joseph County Health Department to help you "Be Well!" Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and provide time for questions. Join us for a walk in the park (as far as you are comfortable.)
  1. Thu Oct. 3

    Autumn Moon Hayride - Bendix Woods County Park - Van Paris Shelter Enjoy Bendix Woods County Park underneath the moonlight! After your hayride, relax by the campfire with some chili and apple cider. Registration and payment are required by September 30.
  2. Sat Oct. 5

    Moonlight Mystery - Bendix Woods County Park Gather clues to solve a "moonlight mystery" as you explore the park during this evening adventure! Along the way, discover the world of nocturnal animals and find out the unique ways they survive and thrive at night. One mystery route will be planned for kids 10 and under; a second more challenging route will be for kids over 10. Take home a souvenir, make a craft and purchase concessions (hot dogs and s' mores) at the campfire. There will be hayrides, please bring flashlights and head...
  3. Sun Oct. 6

    Science Sunday - St. Patrick's County Park: ND-LEEF Morrison Family Pavilion Learn about the innovative environmental research happening at Notre Dame. Scientists from the Colleges of Engineering and Science will conduct an on-site demonstration. Science Sunday also offers hands-on exhibits for children of all ages and public tours of the facility, which is home to a pair of bald eagles! Refreshments will be provided.
  4. Tue Oct. 8

    Be Well - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park We are partnering with the St. Joseph County Health Department to help you "Be Well!" Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and provide time for questions. Join us for a walk in the park (as far as you are comfortable.)
  5. Wed Oct. 9

    History and Hayride - Bendix Woods County Park - Van Paris Shelter Enjoy a fall hayride through historic Bendix Woods County Park. We will stop along the way and tour different areas of the park including the Sugar House, Studebaker Tree Sign, and Clubhouse. Warm-up afterward by the campfire with hot cocoa and a treat. Registration and payment are required by October 7.
  6. Thu Oct. 10

    Orienteering Fun for All! - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Orienteering is a family-friendly, fun navigation challenge that is suitable for all. It gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers that contain a fun riddle.
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