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
All programs have a minimum and maximum registration number; register early!
  1. Mon May 1

    Bat Roost Monitoring Program Do you like bats? Become a volunteer to participate in assisting park staff to count our bat population. Call 574-654-3155 for more information or to sign up.
  2. Sun May 7

    Mayor's Ride The Mayor's Ride encourages bicyclists of all ages to enjoy South Bend's, Mishawaka's, and St. Joseph County's connected bike-ways and bicycle-friendly infrastructure. There will be SAG stops at St. Patrick's County Park, Howard Park in South Bend, and Central Park in Mishawaka. Visit for more information.
  3. Wed May 10

    Blooming Wildflower Stroll Enjoy an evening at the Nature Preserve at Bendix Woods as we hike the trails and observe nature's display of wildflowers in bloom. Registration is required by May 8. Meet at the Runnels Shelter in the Hardwoods.
  4. Fri May 12

    Early Bird Kayak Trip Take advantage of an early season opportunity to kayak down the St. Joseph River at a reduced rate. Registration and payment are required by May 9. Meet at the Brown Barn.
  5. Sat May 13

    South Side Singularity Shootout Join South Side Disc Golf Club for the “South Side Singularity Shootout” on Saturday, May 13, 2017. A portion of each player’s entry fee will go towards course improvements at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park. Four Divisions: Pro, Amateur, Recreation, and Women. Players packs, trophies, and more! Registration available at Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park’s gate office or online.
  6. Sun May 14

    Mother's Day Canoe & Cupcakes It's a day to play and create Mother's Day memories while paddling down a 4.5-mile stretch of the St. Joseph River. Afterwards, enjoy some tasty cupcakes. Each canoe can accommodate up to three people. Canoes, paddles, cushions, life jackets and basic instruction will be provided. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. Registration and payment are required by May 10. Meet at the Brown Barn.
  1. Mon May 15

    Garden Work Days Do you have a green thumb? If, not that's ok! Help us tidy up the landscaping around the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.
  2. Tue May 16

  3. Wed May 17

    Passport to Play: Paddle on the Ponds Get on the water for a great family outing, confidence builder for beginners, or relaxing exercise. Afterwards enjoy a nature walk, a rock climbing wall and the playground! Age restrictions on watercraft and climbing wall. Event is in partnership with the Family Passport to Play series. Meet at the Brown Barn.
  4. Thu May 18

    Nature Munchkins - Coyotes Parents and grandparents - discover nature with your 3 - 4 year old! Participants may register for three sessions for $12. Advance registration and payment are required. Siblings outside of the age bracket are not allowed to attend. Meet at the Brown Barn.
  5. Sat May 20

    Grassland Guided Bird Hike Get acquainted with grassland birds! Meet a park interpreter to walk the gravel road on the property as we look for and listen to such species as Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Henslow's Sparrow, and more. Last year the site was full of sedge wrens! Bring binoculars if you have them. Loaners will be available. Beverly Crone Restoration area is located at the intersection of Jackson Road and Locust Road, west of U.S. 31. Registration is required by May 17, 2017.
  6. Sat May 20

    Free Fishing Days These days 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 poles!
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