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. Sat Aug. 18

    Running Wild: 5K Trail Run & 3K Fun Walk A 5K trail run and 3K walk and after-party to benefit St. Joseph County Parks. 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 family fun walk. Fun walk includes a nature scavenger hunt. Age division prizes for timed run. To register visit
  2. Sat Aug. 25

    Orienteering Meet In the international sport of orienteering you have a map and a mission - to find all the check points on your map. Rely on your wits and powers of observation to find check points in the woods. Register on-site, the morning of the vent. For more information visit
  3. Thu Sep. 6

    Morning Prairie Walk for Adults Come explore the beauty of the early autumn prairie. We'll look at blooming flowers, seedpods and insect activity. Registration is required by September 10.
  4. Thu Sep. 6

    Indiana Master Naturalist Program of St. Joseph County Fall 2018 The Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) Program can provide you with many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for you to share that knowledge, along with your life experiences, through volunteer service to land trusts, soil and water conservation districts, state/local parks and other natural areas. 2018 Fall Schedule - Thursdays, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am - Noon, EST This program is limited to 25 participants 18 years or old...
  5. Thu Sep. 6

    Bag a Bat and a Banana Split! Discover the world of Indiana's bats. Observe biologists mist-netting and identifying bat species and see procedures biologists use to record information about bats. Enjoy a bat-nana split and watch bats exit the Red Barn. Registration and payment are required by September 4.
  6. Tue Sep. 11

    Ringing of the Bell Ceremony Clay Fire Territory, Mishawaka and South Bend Fire will join together and commemorate the 17th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Meet at the Freedom Memorial at St. Patrick's County Park.
  1. Thu Sep. 13

    Active Boomers Series Life is an adventure. leave your everyday surroundings behind and step into nature. Join other Boomers, 50 yrs. +, and connect with the outdoors through recreation. Whether its canoeing, hiking, birding, archery, or orienteering we'll create an epic adventure for your. Registration and payment are required by September 7. St. Patrick's County Park: Sept. 13, 20 and October 4 & 11. Bendix Woods County Park: October 18
  2. Fri Sep. 14

    Boomers and Beyond: Trekking through Autumn Boomers, put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn in our parks! We'll walk the scenic park trails and enjoy the burst of colors among the fall foliage. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Transportation is provided to other sites from St. Patrick's County Park. Registration and payment are required by September 11. St. Patrick's County Park: Sept. 14, 28 and Oct. 12 Bendix Woods County Park: Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Oct. 5
  3. Sun Sep. 16

    Rockin' Reptiles Enjoy an afternoon hayride while taking part in fun activities for the whole family! Meet live reptiles, courtesy of the Potawatomi Zoo's "Zoo to You" Outreach Program, get create in our craft corner, plus much more! Concession items will be available for purchase from the Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake. Program will take place rain or shine.
  4. Thu Sep. 20

    Autumn Equinox Yoga Ages: 8 and up Say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall with a 1-hour outdoor yoga class set to the sound of nature. This experience will leave you feeling relaxed, peaceful and ready for fall! All experience levels welcome. Please bring a mat, limited extras available. Registration and payment are required by September 17.
  5. Thu Sep. 27

    Science at Sunset: The Global Freshwater Crisis: Challenges and Solutions Fresh water is arguably the planet's most imperiled resource. Join Dr. Gary Lamberti, Professor of Biological Sciences, in this adult only program, to learn how the environment and human populations will deal with this fresh water crisis and what the possible solutions are. Light snacks will be provided. Bring Your Own Beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by September 24.
  6. Fri Sep. 28

    Fall Fling for the Little Ones Fall is a lovely time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children age five and under. Experience the best of the season with a hayride to the prairie where you can explore the new fall Story Walk! You can also make a craft, sample a tasty snack and play on the playground! Registration and payment are required by September 24.
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