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. Sat Feb. 1 - Sat Feb. 29

    February Winter Photo Contest Forget the winter blues! Wintertime at the St. Joseph County Parks means plenty of family adventures to look forward to, from skiing and tubing to snowshoeing and building a snowman. Share your favorite winter adventure photo, from this season at one of our parks and email it to jhartzke@sjcparks.org with your name and phone number for a chance to win a Summer Fun Pack.
  2. Thu Feb. 20

    Preschool Tubing Ages: 3-5 years old Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home - this one is just for the little ones! Check out the Facebook page or Twitter feed for hill status.
  3. Fri Feb. 21

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a quick "Click and Go!" lesson on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! Trail conditions permitting.
  4. Thu Mar. 5

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  5. Fri Mar. 6

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  6. Fri Mar. 6

    Maple Syrup by Moonlight - Bendix Woods County Park - Glenn Bauer Shelter Take a guided twilight stroll through the sugar bush, learn how to tap a tree by lantern light and observe maple syrup being made (weather permitting). Then enjoy a warm beverage and dessert made from pure maple syrup while warming in the shelter. Registration and payment are required by March 2.
  1. Sat Mar. 7

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  2. Sun Mar. 15

    Lucky Leprechaun Orienteering Hunt Lace-up your leprechaun hunting shoes, the hunt is on! Come try your luck at finding leprechauns in the park using an orienteering map! Afterward, warm up by the fire with some hot cocoa and a "pot of gold." Registration and payment are required by March 10.
  3. Tue Mar. 17

  4. Sat Mar. 21

    Sugar Camp Days - Bendix Woods County Park Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast (a New Carlisle Lion's Club fundraiser), tour the Sugar Bush, purchase homemade baked goods made with pure maple syrup, enjoy family music and much more! Stay the day! Pancake & sausage breakfast:  Provided by the New Carlisle Lions Club 8 am to 1 pm  Adults: $8; Children 6-11 years old: $4; Children 5 and under: free
  5. Sun Mar. 22

    Sugar Camp Days - Bendix Woods County Park Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast (a New Carlisle Lion's Club fundraiser), tour the Sugar Bush, purchase homemade baked goods made with pure maple syrup, enjoy family music and much more! Stay the day! Pancake & sausage breakfast:  Provided by the New Carlisle Lions Club 8 am to 1 pm  Adults: $8; Children 6-11 years old: $4; Children 5 and under: free
  6. Tue Apr. 21

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