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 May 30

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  2. Sun May 31

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  3. Mon Jun. 1

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  4. Tue Jun. 2

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  5. Tue Jun. 2 - Tue Jun. 9

    Portraits in the Park - St. Patrick's County Park - Manion Cabin A beautiful professional family portrait is an heirloom that will be cherished forever. Receive a professional 20-minute photoshoot at our rustic cabin and one 8 X 10 portrait. Additional photos can be purchased. Registration and payment are required by May 29.
  6. Wed Jun. 3

    Hike the Parks - Bendix Woods County Park - Nature Center Enjoy St. Joseph County Parks this summer on a FREE guided hike every Wednesday in June. Hiking is a great way to get active and reduce stress while exploring what our parks have to offer. We will discover the natural beauty, wildlife, and history at a different park each week. Hikes will last 60-90 minutes. Registration is not required. June 3 - Bendix Woods County Park - Nature Center June 10 - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn June 17 - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Visitor Center J...
  1. Wed Jun. 3

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  2. Thu Jun. 4

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  3. Fri Jun. 5

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
  4. Fri Jun. 5

    Full Moon Orienteering - St. Patrick's County Park - Canceled Can you read a basic map? Are you up for a thrilling experience in a deep dark forest? If you answered yes, then be brave and grab a partner and register for a night of orienteering. Bring a flashlight to help locate checkpoints within the time limit. Participants under 18 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment are required by June 2.
  5. Sat Jun. 6 - Sun Jun. 7

    Free Fishing Days - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek & St. Patrick's County Parks Gate fee in effect. These dates only, Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters. Free Fishing Days were create by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995 and are designated each year by the director of the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity. Free gate fee for those fishing just show your fishing poles!
  6. Sat Jun. 6

    Self-Guided Mystery Trail - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Self-Guided Mystery Trail: Hike a trail and solve a mystery! Visit Spicer Lake Nature Preserve to discover what made the noise in the night that scared Naturalist Ned. Follow the signs from the parking lot to the Old Field Trail. The mystery trail is about half a mile long. At each clue station you'll get a piece of a secret code, so you'll need a way to write down or record numbers. Solve the mystery for a chance to win some Bendix Woods pure maple syrup! May 20-June 20, during park hours (11...
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