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. Tue Oct. 15

  2. Tue Oct. 15

    Beginner's Fungus Walk for Adults - Bendix Woods County Park - Runnels Shelter Come mingle with other adults while enjoying coffee and fresh donuts! Afterward, join a park naturalist for a guided morning stroll exploring the fascinating world of fungus! Registration and payment are required by October 11.
  3. Tue Oct. 15

    Be Well - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park We are partnering with the St. Joseph County Health Department to help you "Be Well!" Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and provide time for questions. Join us for a walk in the park (as far as you are comfortable.)
  4. Wed Oct. 16

    Fall Break Family Owl Prowl - Bendix Woods County Park - Hardwoods Picnic Area Start fall break with a twilight adventure! Learn about our native nocturnal animals and go on a one-mile hike through the woods as we call and listen for owls. Round out the evening with s' mores by the campfire! Registration and payment are required by October 14.
  5. Thu Oct. 17

    Scarecrows & S' mores - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Welcome the fall season and build your own life-size scarecrow! Scarecrow materials will be provided, but you may bring your own unique outfits, hats, and accessories (one scarecrow per family). Enjoy a campfire and s' mores, too! Registration and payment are required by October 14.
  6. Sat Oct. 19 - Sun Oct. 20

    St. Pat's 24-Hour Race - St. Patrick's County Park - Red Barn The event begins at 8 am. For more information, visit St. Pat's 24 Hour on Facebook.
  1. Sun Oct. 20

    Public Hayrides - Bendix Woods County Park - Playground Meet at the Playground. Hayrides are one of the best ways to enjoy the cool autumn air and fall colors. Make an afternoon of it - bring a picnic, take a hike and enjoy the park! Weather conditions permitting.
  2. Tue Oct. 22

    Science at Sunset: Formations of Fright - ND-LEEF Morrison Family Pavilion Adults Only Join Dr. David Flagel, Notre Dame Dept. of Biological Sciences to learn how the recolonization of the Great Lakes region by gray wolves appears to have altered the foraging behavior of white-tailed deer and coyotes. Light snacks will be provided. Bring Your Own Beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by October 18.
  3. Sat Oct. 26

    Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski - Bendix Woods County Park - Nature Center Travel to see the annual migration of the Sandhill Cranes! Bring a sack lunch for an evening dinner. Note: there is a small amount of walking and stair-climbing to the observation deck. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Registration and payment are required by October 21.
  4. Sat Nov. 2

    Family Passport to Play: S' more Fun - Bendix Woods County Park - Van Paris Shelter Enjoy this colorful time of year with a tractor-drawn hayride. A campfire, s' mores and hot cocoa await you after the brisk ride. For more information on the partnered event visit the Family Passport to Play https://www.facebook.com/PlayPassport/?ref=br_rs
  5. Sun Nov. 10

    Tail-Waggin' Hayride - Bendix Woods - Otahnagon Area Bring your dog for a tractor-drawn hayride through the crisp autumn air. Afterward, warm up by the campfire with free hot cocoa and s' more. Pet-related donations aid Pets Connect! Pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Pet costumes welcome.
  6. Tue Nov. 19

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