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. Thu Jun. 21

    Home School Summer Adventure Welcome, home school families! Experience the beginning of summer at the parks by learning a new skill: how to use a map and compass! Start with a quick lesson on how to find you way in the woods, then use a new knowledge to follow a trail and solve a nature-in-summer mystery. Finish up by making a souvenir button! Registration and payment are required by June 18.
  2. Fri Jun. 22

    Spring Fling for the Little Ones It's summer - time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and under. Experience the best of the season with mud paining, 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 June 18.
  3. Sun Jun. 24

    Michiana Paddlefest Paddlefest canoe and kayak events are geared toward both beginner and advance paddling abilities. Races are held for all ages. This event is sponsored by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks. For more information on this special event, visit paddlefest.org
  4. Wed Jun. 27

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Amphibians Meet at the Jaffe Shelter. Discover the world of slimy skin, sticky tongues and squishy eggs. Meet a live amphibian up close!
  5. Fri Jun. 29

    Friday Night Firefly Lights Who doesn't love watching fireflies light up the sky? We will learn what makes these insects "glow." Bring your family, lawn chairs and watch nature's own light show put on by lightening bugs. Registration and payment are required by June 27.
  6. Thu Jul. 12

    Recycled Words Book Art Local nature artist Maria Peacock invites you to discover your creative side. Find a new way to reuse old, torn up or outdated books. A variety of project ideas will be shared and participants will have a completed piece of art ready to hang and enjoy! All supplies provided as well as a light snack and beverage. Registration and payment are required by July 6.
  1. Thu Jul. 12

    Archery Lesson 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. Wed Jul. 18

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Raptors Meet at the Jaffe Shelter. Investigate vulture wings, hawk talons and owl feather. Keep an eye out for the Bald Eagle flying over!
  3. Thu Jul. 19

    Science at Sunset: Disentagling the Language of Nature Join Dr. Diogo Bolster, Associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Science to explore how Mathematics helps us understand the world we live in. Light snacks provided. Bring your own beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by July 13.
  4. Fri Jul. 27

    Sunset Canoe & Campfire 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 July 24.
  5. Wed Aug. 8

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Mammals Meet at he Jaffe Shelter. Examine furs, skulls and animal tracks. Find out which mammals share the parks with us!
  6. Wed Aug. 8

    Family Passport to Play: Orienteering Fun for All! Orienteering is a family-friendly fun navigation challenge that is suitable for all. As well as being educational, it also gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers that contain a fun nature riddle.
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