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 Aug. 15 - Sat Aug. 22

    Running Wild: 5K trail run and 3K fun walk Running Wild 2020 is going virtual! Run anytime between August 15-23, 2020. With a virtual race, you can run the 5K distance anywhere, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, or on the 5K course at St. Patrick's County Park. 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt will be self-let at St. Patrick's County Park! Running Wild is organized by The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks, Friends of Bendix Woods & Spicer lake and St. Joseph County Parks. Thanks to our lead sponsors, I/N Tek...
  2. Tue Aug. 18

  3. Thu Aug. 20

    Be Well Start on the path to better health! Join us for a series designed to help you "Be Well" and live a better live. Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, and suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness. Representatives from the St. Joseph County Health Department and Purdue University Extension Service will be available to answer questions and St. Joseph County Parks Department staff will lead a short walk in the park. ...
  4. Thu Aug. 20

    Paddle on the Ponds Paddle on the Ponds Noon-4pm, weather permitting Fee: FREE Paddle on the Ponds is an introduction to canoeing for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. All equipment is provided.
  5. Fri Aug. 21

    Summer Fling for the Little Ones Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and und4er. Experience the best of the season with mud painting, mud pies, and giant bubbles. You can also dig in the dirt for treasures, hear a summer story, sample a tasty snack, and play on the playground! Registration and payment are required by August 18.
  6. Thu Aug. 27

    Be Well Start on the path to better health! Join us for a series designed to help you "Be Well" and live a better live. Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, and suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness. Representatives from the St. Joseph County Health Department and Purdue University Extension Service will be available to answer questions and St. Joseph County Parks Department staff will lead a short walk in the park. ...
  1. Thu Aug. 27

    Paddle on the Ponds Paddle on the Ponds Noon-4pm, weather permitting Fee: FREE Paddle on the Ponds is an introduction to canoeing for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. All equipment is provided.
  2. Thu Aug. 27

    Campfire Cooking: Sweet Biscuit Pies & Orienteering - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Ages 10 & up, accompanied by an adult. Connect in a wilderness setting, bond over a campfire, and enjoy an outdoor experience with park staff and Martin's School of Cooking. Ingredients and supplies will be provided, all you need to do is show up ready to cook, eat, and have fun! Register online at Martin's Supermarket, School of Cooking.
  3. Sat Aug. 29

    Orienteering Meet - St. Patrick's County Park: Fragomeni Shelter In the international sport of orienteering, you have a mission to find all the checkpoints on your map. Use your wits and powers of observation to find checkpoints in the woods. For more information visit http://www.ocin.org. Register on-site, the morning of the event.
  4. Wed Sep. 2

    Wednesday Walks in the Woods Enjoy St. Joseph County Parks this fall on a FREE guided hike! Hikes will explore different aspects of our natural world as we visit a different park each week. Come see what your parks have to offer! Hikes will last approximately 60 minutes. Registration is not required. All hikes begin at 10 am, weather conditions permitting. Dates & Locations: September 2: Bendix Woods County Park: Otahnagon Picnic Area September 9: Ferretti/Baugo Creek County Park: Oak Tree Shelter September 16: Sp...
  5. Thu Sep. 3

    Bag a Bat and a Banana Split! - Harvest Room Discover the world of Indiana's bats with wildlife biologist Jeremy Sheets and Dr. Laura Kloepper from Saint Mary's College. After the program, enjoy a banana split made with bat-pollinated treats and watch Big Brown Bats as they emerge from their roost in the Red Barn. Registration and payment required by Sept. 1 Max: 20
  6. Wed Sep. 9

    Wednesday Walks in the Woods Enjoy St. Joseph County Parks this fall on a FREE guided hike! Hikes will explore different aspects of our natural world as we visit a different park each week. Come see what your parks have to offer! Hikes will last approximately 60 minutes. Registration is not required. All hikes begin at 10 am, weather conditions permitting. Dates & Locations: September 2: Bendix Woods County Park: Otahnagon Picnic Area September 9: Ferretti/Baugo Creek County Park: Oak Tree Shelter September 16: Sp...
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