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. Wed Jul. 24

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - St. Patrick's County Park Families, come out and enjoy hands-on programs about some of the animals that call our parks home! - St. Patrick's County Park - Jaffe Shelter Seed Flings - Seeds can travel by hitchhiking, flying, floating and or catapulting. Discover how they do it and make a "seed fling" to take with you!
  2. Sat Jul. 27

    Poker - "O" - St. Patrick's County Park In this orienteering challenge, build the best poker hand you can. Start with five cards and a map, and find checkpoints to exchange a card. You choose your route—climb the hill or go around. Run or go for a hike—it’s up to you! Best hand wins a St. Joseph County Park fun pack. Registration and payment are required by July 24.
  3. Fri Aug. 2

    Sunset Canoe and Campfire - St. Patrick's County Park Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and experience the serenity and wildlife of the evening river. Afterwards relax by a campfire and enjoy a s’more. Not recommended for children 3 and under. Registration and payment are required by July 31..
  4. Sun Aug. 4

    Michiana Paddlefest - St. Patrick's County Park Paddlefest canoe and kayak events are geared toward both beginner and advanced paddling abilities. Races are held for all ages. This event is sponsored by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks. For more information, visit paddlefest.org.
  5. Sat Aug. 17

    Running Wild: 5K Trail Run & 3K Fun Walk - St. Patrick's County Park Registration begins at 8am Run/walk starts at 9am Help us raise funds for park projects, including scholarships to help schools cover the cost of transportation to the parks for programs. Dogs on leashes are welcome for the fun walk, which includes a wacky nature scavenger hunt. Age division prizes for timed run. To register visit www.sjcparks.org.
  6. Tue Aug. 20

  1. Wed Aug. 21

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - St. Patrick's County Park Families, come out and enjoy hands-on programs about some of the animals that call our parks home! - St. Patrick's County Park - Jaffe Shelter. Butterflies - Find out which butterflies share the park with us and investigate their eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises!
  2. Thu Aug. 22

    Women Experience the Outdoors; Monarch Butterflies - Bendix Woods County Park Discover all aspects of monarchs through this indoor presentation, followed by a guided hike in the prairie. See live monarchs and learn about citizen science projects, including tagging. Light snacks will be served. Registration and payment are required by August 19.
  3. Thu Aug. 22

    Archery Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult. Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by August 20.
  4. Sat Aug. 24

  5. Sat Aug. 31

    Orienteering Meet - St. Patrick's County Park In the international sport of orienteering you have a mission to find all the checkpoints on your map. Use your wits and powers of observation to find checkpoints in the woods. Register on-site, the morning of the event. For more information visit www.ocin.org.
  6. Tue Sep. 17

View All