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. Fri Sep. 30

    Fall Paddle at St. Patrick's County Park Registration for this event is full. Experience the St. Joseph River in the fall for a leisurely 4-mile canoe paddle. Fee includes shuttle, vessel, paddles, and required life jackets. Registration required by September 28.
  2. Sat Oct. 1

    Trails at Twilight Explore and discover the world of nature at night! Follow a lantern-lit trail through the STUDEBAKER pine trees, meet a bat expert, go on a fall hayride, make a star finder, look for constellations, roast a hotdog, and make a s'more. Concessions available. Admission for this event is free due to the generosity of these sponsors: The Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake, The University of Notre Dame, and The Dr. Elmer R. Graber Youth Fun for Exploring Nature.
  3. Sun Oct. 2

    Harry Potter Hayride Registration for this event is full. Experience the magic of Bendix Woods on a hayride through the park! Let us equip your young witches and wizards with their very own hand-crafted wand. Remember, no all wands will function properly for each witch or wizard. Conclude your experience with an enchanted drink by our campfire. Registration required by September 28.
  4. Wed Oct. 5

    Boomers and Beyond Fall Walking Club Get your exercise and learn about the natural environment surrounding you as you take a walk through the woods. Explore Bendix Woods County Park and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve during this five-part series. Each walk will last approximately one hour. Registration required by September 19.
  5. Fri Oct. 7

    Fall Fling for the Little Ones Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and under. Explore fall animal play stations and go on a hayride! Kids can also create a unique craft, hear a fall story, sample a tasty snack, and play on the playground. Registration required by October 5. Weather permitting.
  6. Sat Oct. 8

    Hoosier Riverwatch Basic Training Workshop Become a certified volunteer water quality monitor! This training certifies citizens and educators to test a local stream and submit information to a state database. Methods are hands-on and include habitat, chemical, and biological assessment. Educators earn seven professional growth points but anyone 18 and over can be a Hoosier River-watcher! Sessions will be inside and outdoors, so dress for the weather and to get your feet wet. Bring a sack lunch. Registration required by September 30.
  1. Sun Oct. 9

    Public Hayrides Hayrides are one of the best ways to enjoy the cool autumn air and fall colors at Bendix Woods County Park. Make an afternoon of it, bring a picnic, take a hike, and enjoy the park! Sponsored by Dr. Elmer R. Graber Youth Fund for Exploring Nature. Weather permitting.
  2. Wed Oct. 12

    Boomers and Beyond Fall Walking Club Get your exercise and learn about the natural environment surrounding you as you take a walk through the woods. Explore Bendix Woods County Park and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve during this five-part series. Each walk will last approximately one hour. Registration required by September 19.
  3. Wed Oct. 12

    Women Experience the Outdoors: Glaciers, Fossils, and FUN! It's National Fossil Day! Join us as we celebrate and explore our nation's rich geologic history. Dive into the world beneath our feet by examining fossils, making your own glacier goo slime, and stamping your own fossil in salt dough. Registration and payment required by October 10.
  4. Sat Oct. 15

    Adaptive Hayride The St. Joseph County Parks are committed to being an accessible, inclusive environment for children to make connections with the natural world. Join us for a special morning of activities geared for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, or with sensory processing disorders. Enjoy a hayride, snacks, music, and more! Registration and payment required by October 11. Weather permitting.
  5. Tue Oct. 18

  6. Wed Oct. 19

    Boomers and Beyond Fall Walking Club Get your exercise and learn about the natural environment surrounding you as you take a walk through the woods. Explore Bendix Woods County Park and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve during this five-part series. Each walk will last approximately one hour. Registration required by September 19.
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