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 Sep. 23

    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: S...
  2. Thu Sep. 24

    Be Well - Oak Tree Shelter SJCP is partnering with the Health Department for this series to help you "Be Well" and live a better life. Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness, and give you a chance to ask questions. Join us for a short walk in the park or just come out and enjoy the fall weather.
  3. Thu Sep. 24

    Introduction to Mindfulness - POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021 Learn how to observe the present moment and really experience it, without judging it as good or bad. Practice mindful breathing and explore mindfulness through the senses. Finish with a mindful walk. Bring a journal if you would like. This class is presented by Nancy Coiro, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher. Registration and payment are required by September 21.
  4. Thu Sep. 24

    Trekking through Autumn - Afternoons @ Brown Barn Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn at St. Patrick's County Park! We'll walk the scenic park trails and enjoy the burst of colors among the fall foliage. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Registration is recommended.
  5. Fri Sep. 25

    Trekking through Autumn - Mornings @ the Brown Barn Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn at St. Patrick's County Park! We'll walk the scenic park trails and enjoy the burst of colors among the fall foliage. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Registration is recommended.
  6. Fri Sep. 25

    Rent One Get One Canoes & Kayaks Rentals available 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; all equipment must be returned by 7 pm.
  1. Sat Sep. 26

    Fall Migration Bird Hike - Hurwich Shelter Look and listen for migrating warblers, thrushes, vireos, and more. Enjoy coffee and light breakfast snacks before heading out on the trail. Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners will be available. Registration is required by September 24.
  2. Sat Sep. 26

    Learn to Catch and Cook - Program is full. For adults, 18 and up. Learn basic fishing skills, fish biology, cleaning, filleting, and preparing. All equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own. This is a Free Fishing Day in Indiana, so a fishing license is not needed. This workshop is a partnership with the Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife. Registration is required at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild
  3. Sat Sep. 26

    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 created 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 us your fishing pole!
  4. Sun Sep. 27

    History and Hayride Enjoy a fall hayride through historic Bendix Woods County Park. We will stop along the way and tour different areas of the park including the Sugar House, Studebaker Tree sign, and Clubhouse. Warm-up afterward by the campfire with hot cocoa and a treat. Registration and payment are required by September 22.
  5. Thu Oct. 1

    Be Well- Runnels Shelter SJCP is partnering with the Health Department for this series to help you "Be Well" and live a better life. Each week will feature a short session on a wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness, and give you a chance to ask questions. Join us for a short walk in the park or just come out and enjoy the fall weather.
  6. Thu Oct. 1

    Trekking through Autumn - Afternoons @ Brown Barn Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn at St. Patrick's County Park! We'll walk the scenic park trails and enjoy the burst of colors among the fall foliage. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Registration is recommended.
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