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. Sun Jun. 16

    Father's Day Orienteering Course - St. Patrick's County Park Looking for a unique and interesting outdoor outing this Father's Day? Try orienteering! Explore the park together in this self-guided, family-friendly navigational challenge. Work together to find the checkpoints. Pick up directions and a map at the gatehouse.
  2. Tue Jun. 18

  3. Wed Jun. 19

    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 Wednesday, June 19, 11am: Bats Discover the world of the bug-eating, night-flying bats of Indiana. Find out how bats hunt with their ears and fly with their hands! Wednesday, July 24, 11am: 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. Wednesday,...
  4. Thu Jun. 20

    Summer Fling for the Little Ones - Bendix Woods County Park Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and under! Meet beetles, butterflies and bugs of all kinds. Catch bugs with a net, hear a bug story, sample a tasty snack, explore the discover room and play on the playground! Registration and payment are required by June 17.
  5. Thu Jun. 20

    Boomers and Beyond: Kayak Club - St. Patrick's County Park What's the secret to the perfect outdoor experience? Just add water! Join other Boomers and kayak the scenic waterways of the St. Joseph River. Trips average 4-5 miles. Available for both seasoned paddlers and wet-behind-the-ears beginners. This program will be held on Thursdays June 20, 27, July 11 and 18th. Registration & payment are required by June 14.
  6. Mon Jun. 24

    8th Annual WNIT Kids Day in the Park - St. Patrick's County Park Bring the family out to the park for kids' games and activities, story corner, nature station, and portable disc golf. Pizza and beverages provided by Papa John's. Proceeds to benefit WNIT. For more information call 574-675-9648 or go to www.wnit.org. Organized and sponsored by WNIT, Papa John's Pizza, Better World Books and St. Joseph County Parks.
  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 19. 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.
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