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. Sun Mar. 29

    Bike Swap Meet - St. Patrick's County Park Canceled This annual event is sponsored by the Michiana Bicycle Association (MBA) and the Nothern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA.) There is no charge for buyers or sellers. Anyone is welcome to bring bicycle-related items to sell. Sellers should arrive between 10:45 and 11:15 am to set up. First-come, first-served for the tablespace.
  2. Mon Mar. 30

    Adult Beginner's Birding Hike - Canceled Meet at the Nature Center! Join other adults to learn the sights and sounds of our common birds! Enjoy a fun indoor presentation while enjoying coffee and a light snack, followed by a guided hike to use your new skills. Registration is required by March 27.
  3. Wed Apr. 15

    Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club - Postponed Boomers put on your walking shoes! We'll walk the scenic park trails and learn about the history and features of each park. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Transportation provided to other sites from St. Patrick's County Park. Registration and payment are required by April 13. Spicer Lake Nature Preserve (April 22) Bendix Woods County Park (May 6) St. Patrick's County Park (April 15, 29 and May 13)
  4. Fri Apr. 17 - Fri May 22

    Be Well - Canceled St. Joseph County Parks is partnering with the Health Department and Purdue Extension for this series to help you "Be Well" and live a better life. Each Friday meet-up will feature a short wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and give you a chance to ask questions. Join us for a short walk in the park or just come out and enjoy the spring weather.
  5. Sat Apr. 18

    Garlic Mustard Pull TBD - St. Patrick's County Park Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by participating in a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard is an invasive weed that is severely affecting our native flora by displacing wildflowers and other native plants. Help us protect and preserve the natural beauty of St. Patrick's County Park. Pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic after the pull.
  6. Tue Apr. 21

  1. Wed Apr. 22

    Earth Day Hula Hoop - Canceled Let's celebrate Earth Day at the park, and put a "spin" on it. Start the evening by custom making your own hula hoop. Then join a member of Michiana Hoops outside for some tips and tricks. Registration and payment are required by April 17. NOTE: If you already have your own hoop, join us outside from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, weather conditions permitting.
  2. Sat Apr. 25

    Audubon Rummage Sale - Canceled Shop through a barn full of treasures! This annual event is organized by the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society. Drop off your donated items at the Red Barn, April 22 - 24 from 1 to 6 pm. Donations of electronics or sofas not accepted. For more information call 574-334-7761.
  3. Sun Apr. 26 - Sun May 3

    Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Water Monitor Training - St. Patrick's County Park: Brown Barn Become certified to monitor a stream and submit data to the state database. This training is open to all adults and can be especially useful for educators. Gain experience in the use of chemical testing kits and aquatic insect identification. Please attend both sessions. Registration is required by April 20. For more information, go to www.hoosierriverwatch.com
  4. Mon Apr. 27

    Afternoon Adult Wildflower Walk - Bendix Woods County Park - Hardwoods Come mingle with other adults while enjoying coffee and a light snack! Afterward, enjoy a nice guided afternoon stroll with a park naturalist, among beautiful spring wildflowers! Registration and payment are required by Friday, April 24.
  5. Thu Apr. 30

    Spring Fling for the Little Ones - Canceled Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and under. Explore one of the most beautiful wildflower spots in St. Joseph County, enjoy flower-themed play stations, create a unique craft, hear a spring story and sample a tasty snack. Registration and payment are required by April 28.
  6. Fri May 1

    Full Moon Orienteering - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Grab a partner, bring a flashlight, and let's go play outdoors and enjoy the beginning stages of spring and the falling darkness! Watch the full moon rise while locating checkpoints throughout the park within the time limit. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment are required by April 27.
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