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. Wed Jun. 26

    StoryWalk® in the Park - St. Patrick's County Park Bring the kids for a walk through the forest to read our newest installment in our StoryWalk® series: Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes. After our walk we will make our own forest scene out o paper cut-outs, just like in the book! Space is limited, and registration is required by June 24. Recommended for ages ten and under.
  2. Fri Jun. 28

    Sunset Canoe and Campfire - St. Patrick's County Park Check-in: 7:30pm Fee: $25/canoe, up to 3 people Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and experience the serenity and wildlife of the evening river. Afterwards relax by a campfire and enjoy a s’more. Not recommended for children 3 and under. Registration and payment are required by June 26.
  3. Fri Jun. 28

    Friday Night Firefly Lights - Bendix Woods County Park Who doesn’t love watching fireflies light up the sky? We will learn what makes these insects “glow.” Bring your family and watch nature’s own light show put on by lightning bugs. Registration and payment are required by June 26.
  4. Sat Jun. 29

    Willy Wonka Theater Walk - St. Patrick's County Park Join South Bend’s own United Youth Theatre for a one-of-a-kind sweet summer adventure! Get your golden ticket at the Fragomeni Shelter, then follow the trail, meeting characters like Charlie, Willy Wonka and the singing, dancing Oompa Loompas on the way. At the end of the trail, turn in your golden ticket for a tasty chocolate treat! Advance registration is recommended at $3.00; cost is $4.00 at the door. To register call 574-654-3155.
  5. Sun Jun. 30

    Michiana Paddlefest - St. Patrick's County Park Paddlefest canoe and kayak events are geared toward both beginner and advanced paddling abilities. Races are held for all ages. This event is sponsored by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks. For more information, visit paddlefest.org.
  6. Sat Jul. 6

    Battle in the Bend - Disc Golf Tournament - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park A multi-course tournament in the Michiana area. Visit DiscGolfScene.com for details.
  1. Thu Jul. 11

    Archery Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by July 9.
  2. Tue Jul. 16

  3. Wed Jul. 17

    Butterfly House Trip - St. Patrick's County Park Get up close and personal with butterflies! The butterfly house at Sarett Nature Center (Benton Harbor, MI) displays native butterflies and nectar plants. Learn about butterflies and moths and view the amazing display of color. Bring a sack lunch. Registration and payment are required by July 12th. Rain date July 24.
  4. Wed Jul. 24

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - St. Patrick's County Park Families, come out and enjoy hands-on programs about some of the animals that call our parks home! - St. Patrick's County Park - Jaffe Shelter Seed Flings - Seeds can travel by hitchhiking, flying, floating and or catapulting. Discover how they do it and make a "seed fling" to take with you!
  5. Sat Jul. 27

    Poker - "O" - St. Patrick's County Park In this orienteering challenge, build the best poker hand you can. Start with five cards and a map, and find checkpoints to exchange a card. You choose your route—climb the hill or go around. Run or go for a hike—it’s up to you! Best hand wins a St. Joseph County Park fun pack. Registration and payment are required by July 24.
  6. Fri Aug. 2

    Sunset Canoe and Campfire - St. Patrick's County Park Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and experience the serenity and wildlife of the evening river. Afterwards relax by a campfire and enjoy a s’more. Not recommended for children 3 and under. Registration and payment are required by June 26.
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