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 Apr. 28

    Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Water Monitoring Training Become certified to monitor a stream and submit data to the state database. This training is especially useful for educators. Gain experience in the use of chemical test kits and aquatic insect identification. Please attend both sessions Sat. April 28 and May 5. Registration is required by Monday, April 23. Fore more information, go to hoosierriverwatch.com.
  2. Sat Apr. 28

    DIY Hula Hoops Here's a fun project to keep you spinning with delight this spring! Hula hooping - it's fun for kids and great exercise for adults! Make a custom hula hoop so it is tailored to your height and then have fun decorating it! Registration and payment are required by Wed. April 25.
  3. Tue May 1

    Spring Fling for the Little Ones Join us for a special morning of spring activities for children 5 and under. Experience the wonder of the season on a short guided hike, create a unique craft, hear a spring story and sample a tasty snack. Play in the Discovery Room and run off some extra energy on the playground! Registration and payment are required by April 27.
  4. Thu May 3

    Blooming Wildflower Stroll Enjoy an evening at the Nature Preserve as we hike the trails and observe nature's display of wildflowers in bloom. Registration is required by April 30.
  5. Sun May 6

    Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons Start the season off right! Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for an on-the-water class that focuses on basic fundamentals, safety, loading/unloading and transporting your canoe/kayak. Fee includes gate fee and use of equipment, including life jackets. Registration and payment are required by May 3.
  6. Sat May 12

    Beginner Orienteering Learn the history of the international sport of orienteering and how it is played. During this outdoor, active workshop, discover the tree tips orienteerers use to navigate using a topographic map and compass. Then try your new skills on a course through the park.
  1. Sat May 12

    Disc Golf Tournament This fun tournament will help raise funds for making improvements to the disc golf course. Players will play the whole tournament with just one disc. Visit discgolfscene.com for details.
  2. Sun May 13

    Mother's Day Canoe & Cookies Create Mother's Day memories while paddling down a 4-mile stretch of the St. Joseph River. Afterwards, enjoy cookies and milk. Each canoe can accommodate up to three people. Equipment and basic instruction provided. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. Registration and payment are required by May 9.
  3. Tue May 15

    Science at Sunset: Fighting for Farmers and Clean Water St. Patrick's County Park: ND-LEEF Join Dr. Jennifer Tank of The Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame as she shares her work helping farmers improve soil health and restore floodplains. Light snacks provided. Bring your own beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by May 11.
  4. Thu May 17

    Morning Wildflower Walk Come mingle with other adults while enjoying coffee and fresh donuts! Afterwards, a guided morning stroll among beautiful spring wildflowers awaits! Registration and payment are required by May 16.
  5. Sat May 19

    Parent-Child Fishing Derby Check-in: 8:00 am; Fishing 8:30 to 10 am Ages 6-10 Test your fishing skills on our ponds! This is a friendly catch-and-release competition with kids' prizes for the longest fish caught, and most fish caught. Bait and fishing equipment available. Registration is required by May 16.
  6. Sat May 19

    Free Fishing Days Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters on these dates. 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 poles. Free Fishing is also available at St. Patrick's County Park.
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