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  1. Grassland Bird Hike - Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area

    June 5, 2021, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area

    Enjoy a morning of birding at Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area. We will walk the gravel path in search of Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolinks, and other grassland birds. The Restoration Area is located at Jackson Road and Locust Road, west of U.S. 31. Park on the spur on the southside of Jackson, just east of Locust. Registration required by June 2. Contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 to register for program.

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  2. Studebaker Letters Clean-Up Volunteer Days

    June 5, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Studebaker Letters

    We are in need of volunteers to help with the clean-up of the Studebaker Letters. Volunteers will be needed to drag downed branches and limbs from the letters to designated areas so they can be hauled away. Please wear long pants, gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt as you may be exposed to poison ivy. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are also recommended. Bring water and a picnic lunch if you wish to eat afterward. Please park in the parking lot south of the Glenn Bauer Shelter. If you are able to attend any of these volunteer work days, please contact Andrea Willamowski at awillamowski@sjcparks.org or give her a call at 574-654-3155. You are more than welcome to bring family members and friends with you. Please let Andrea know how many will be coming by June 4, 11, 18 & 25th. This is a great way to get outdoors and social distance to boot!

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  3. Free Fishing Days

    June 5, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Brown Barn

    Ferrettie/Baugo Creek and St. Patrick's County Parks These days only, Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters. Free Fishing Days were created by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995 and are designated each year by the director of the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity. Free gate fee for those fishing, show us your fishing poles!

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  4. National Trails Day - All County Park Locations

    June 5, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ St. Patrick’s County Park

    All County Park Locations! Lace-up your hiking boots and Hit the Trail! Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking featured trails at our parks! Explore the rolling hills of Bendix Woods Nature Preserve. Listen to the creek babble along the Portage Trail at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park. Travel back in time while walking through the swamp on the boardwalk to Spicer Lake. Enjoy a tranquil walk along the St. Joseph River on the River Ridge Trail at St. Patrick's County Park. Take a picture with the National Trails Day sign on each trail and hashtag the main SJCP Facebook page on the county parks' social media pages for a chance to win a prize!

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  5. Ripples and Reflections: A Self-Guided Orienteering Challenge Along the River

    June 5, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ St. Patrick’s County Park

    Explore the trails along the St. Joseph River from June 1 thru June 30 and discover how important this unique habitat is for everything from beavers to dragonflies. Pick up a map at the gatehouse or the White Barn and set off on this self-guided adventure. Complete the challenge for a chance to win a box of eight maple chocolate truffles!

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