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 Dec. 9

    Inspired by Nature Pottery Winter's brisk weather brings its unique beauty. Join park staff on a guided morning hike to enjoy these seasonal sights. afterwards warm up by the fire with hot cocoa and create your own nature inspired piece using self-hardening clay. All materials provided. Registration and payment required by Dec. 6. (Min. 6; max 12) Program is held in the Brown Barn.
  2. Thu Dec. 14

    Nature Munchkins - Winter Birds Fee: $5/pair per session. $3 for second child or $16 for whole series. Nature Munchkins is designed for parents, grandparents to discover nature with their 3 to 4 year old. Classes are hands-on and consist of nature walks, stories and crafts. Siblings outside of the age bracket are not allowed to attend this program. Registration and payment are required by Dec. 7. This program will be held in the Brown Barn.
  3. Sat Dec. 16

    Women Experience the Outdoors: Holiday Wreaths Women, create a fragrant wreath from natural materials! Join park staff on a short winter hike to gather greenery. Indoors, warm up with cookies and a hot drink beside the wood stove. Then weave your greenery onto a simple frame to create a unique holiday decoration that is a fest for the senses. Registration and payment are required by Monday, December 11.
  4. Tue Dec. 19

  5. Fri Jan. 5

    Skiing Under the Stars Enjoy skiing by the light of glowing luminaries on snow-covered trails. At the Manion Cabin enjoy hot chocolate, coffee or water and homemade cookies to revive you for the return journey. (Snow conditions permitting).
  6. Sat Jan. 6

    Cross Country Ski Lesson Learn the basics of cross country skiing in a friendly and fun group setting. Become familiar with kick and glide technique on the ski trails, proper clothing and sfaety. Registration and payments are required by January 3. Trail conditions permitting. Back up date if weather conditions are unfavorable is January 20. Participants will receive a complimentary Ski Trail Pass for future use!
  1. Fri Jan. 12

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lessons Is your goal in learning how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Receive a mini 30 minute "Click and GO!" lesson on the basics of skiing, then hit the ski trails! Trail conditions permitting. Fee includes ski rental, trail fee and lesson! Meet at the Red Barn.
  2. Wed Jan. 17

    Home School Winter Adventure Welcome, home school families! Experience the best of winter at the parks! Race down the snowy hill on an inner-tube, warm up beside a cracking fire at Baugo Station, solve a nature-in winter mystery, and make a souvenir button. Everyone who tubes must pay the $5 fee. Tubing is not recommended for children three years old or younger. Registration and payment are required by January 12.
  3. Wed Jan. 17

    Boomers and Beyond: Cross Country Ski Club Celebrate winter with fun, fitness and friendship, skiing the wintry trails with other Boomers (ages 50+). Relax afterwards int he warming room with a hot beverage. Fee includes rental equipment and trail passes. Registration and payment are required by January 12. Dates of Ski Club every Wednesday from January 17 thru March 7. Weather permitting.
  4. Fri Jan. 19

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lessons Is your goal in learning how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Receive a mini 30 minute "Click and GO!" lesson on the basics of skiing, then hit the ski trails! Trail conditions permitting. Fee includes ski rental, trail fee and lesson! Meet at the Red Barn.
  5. Fri Jan. 19

    Skiing Under the Stars Enjoy skiing by the light of glowing luminaries on snow-covered trails. At the Manion Cabin enjoy hot chocolate, coffee or water and homemade cookies to revive you for the return journey. (Snow conditions permitting).
  6. Thu Jan. 25

    Boomers and Beyond: Cross-Country Ski Lesson Balance, stride and fly! Join other Boomers (ages 50+) and learn cross-country skiing basics while enjoying the winter display. Back up date if snow conditions are poor is Thursday, February 1. Registration and payment are required by January 22.
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