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 Mar. 10

    Save that Shirt! Give an old shirt a new life, with just a pair of scissors. We'll "up-cycle" old t-shirts into tote bags, scarves, and accessories. No sewing necessary! Please bring sharp scissors that will cut fabric if you can. Shirts will be provided or bring your own. Registration and payment are required by March 5.
  2. Tue Mar. 13

    Home School Spring Adventure - Maple Syrup Welcome, home school families! Experience the beginning of spring at the parks by celebrating maple syrup season! Discover how maple trees make sweet sap that we can turn into tasty syrup, practice drilling a tree to harvest sap and visit the sugar house to see syrup cooking. You can also solve a nature-in-spring mystery, and make a souvenir button! Registration is required by March 9.
  3. Wed Apr. 4

    Spring Break Family Fun Enjoy an afternoon of self-guided outdoor activities before the kids head back to school Canoe, kayak, fish, explore and play. Weather conditions permitting.
  4. Thu Apr. 5

    Spring Break Family Fun Enjoy an afternoon of self-guided outdoor activities before the kids head back to school Canoe, kayak, fish, explore and play. Weather conditions permitting.
  5. Fri Apr. 6

    Spring Break Family Fun Enjoy an afternoon of self-guided outdoor activities before the kids head back to school Canoe, kayak, fish, explore and play. Weather conditions permitting.
  6. Tue Apr. 10

    Boomers & Beyond: Spring Walking Club Boomers, put on your walking shoes! We'll walk the scenic park trails and learn about the history and features of each park. Each walk will last 50-60 minutes. Transportation provided to other sites from St. Patrick's County Park. Registration and payment are required by April 6. St. Patrick's County Park (April 10, 24 & May 8) Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park (April 17) Bendix Woods County Park (May 1) Spicer lake Nature Preserve (May 15)
  1. Sat Apr. 14

    Inspired by Nature Pottery Get inspired and enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors with a guided spring hike. Afterwards create your own nature-inspired piece using self-hardening clay. All materials provided. Registration and payment are required by April 11.
  2. Sat Apr. 14

    Garlic Mustard Pull Garlic mustard is an invasive week taking over many natural areas in Indiana! Help us protect and preserve our native wildflowers at Bendix Woods county Park by joining us as we get rid of this invasive plant. Bring a lunch to picnic after the pull. Registration is required by Wed. April 11.
  3. Thu Apr. 19

    Morning Wildflower Walk Come mingle with other adults white enjoying coffee and fresh donuts! Afterwards, a guided morning stroll among beautiful spring wildflowers awaits! Registration is required by Wed. April 18.
  4. Sat Apr. 21

    Audubon Rummage Sale Shop through a barn full of treasures! This annual event is organized by the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society. Drop off your donated items at the Red Barn, April 18-20 from 1 to 6 pm. Donations of electronics or sofas not accepted. For more information, call 574-334-7761.
  5. Sat Apr. 21

    Women Experience the Outdoors: Fishing with Grandma A beginner fishing lesson for ladies and their grand-kids ages 6 and up. Learn equipment basics, knot tying, fish identification and casting techniques followed by on-the-pond fishing. This is a Free Fishing Day, so no license is required. Registration and payment are required by Monday, April 16.
  6. Sat Apr. 21

    Cache In-Trash Out (CITO) Help celebrate Earth Day! CITO is an environmental initiative supported by geocachers worldwide. A special geocaching course will be set up for the day. Bring gloves, bug repellent and a dish to pass for a potluck lunch. A short intro to geocaching will be given. Registration is required by Wed. April 18.
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