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 May 2 - Thu May 30

    Tails on the Trails - St. Patrick's County Park This five-week pet-friendly walking series is designed to promote healthy living by allowing you and your furry friend to explore the trails of St. Patrick's County Park. Pets must be on a 6-foot leash.
  2. Tue May 21

  3. Tue May 21

    Spring Fling for the Little Ones - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children five and under. Experience the wonder of the season as you encounter tadpoles and other small pond creatures! You can also enjoy pond-themed play stations, create a unique craft, hear a spring story and sample a tasty snack. Registration and payment are required by May 17.
  4. Thu May 23

    Archery Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult. Join a local archery instructor for hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by May 21.
  5. Tue May 28

    Spring Home School Adventure: Paddles from the Past - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park Welcome, home school families! Discover a chapter in Indiana's history: the fur trade. Examine furs and trade goods, explore the Voyageur Orienteering course and take a trip on Baugo Creek in a 34-foot-long replica birchbark canoe. Children ten and under must be accompanied in the canoe by an adult or older sibling. No one under 30 lbs may ride in the canoe. everyone who rides in the canoe must pay the $5 fee. Registration and advance payment are required by May 24.
  6. Thu May 30

    Jump Start Summer with Geocaching - St. Patrick's County Park Ages 10 & up If you want an exciting new hobby that allows you to combine your love of technology with nature and exploration geocaching is for you! Learn the basics of this fun game and then search for a cache in the park. Bring your GPS and/or smartphone. After the program enjoy a hot dog over the campfire. Registration and payment are required by May 24.
  1. Sat Jun. 1 - Sun Jun. 2

    Free Fishing Days - St. Patrick's County Park & Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park These dates 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 for for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles! This event is also taking place at St. Patrick's County Park.
  2. Sun Jun. 9

    Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons - St. Patrick's County Park Join a certified instructor for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak. All equipment provided. Registration and payment required by June 6.
  3. Wed Jun. 12

    Good Clean Dirty Fun! Nature Play Day - St. Patrick's County Park Families, join us for an evening of muddy fun! Activities will include mud painting, making mud pies, stomping in the swamp and more. Wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a towel.
  4. Thu Jun. 13

    Home School Summer Adventure: Swamp Stomp - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Welcome, home school families! Experience the beginning of summer at the parks by immersing yourself in a wetland! Start with a quick lesson on what wetlands are and why they are important. Then explore a wetland up close during a waist-deep swamp stomp. Ages 8 & up. Registration and payment are required by June 10.
  5. Thu Jun. 13

    Science at Sunset: Cloudy with a Chance of Migration - St. Patrick's County Park: ND/LEEF How can weather radar be used to track the incredible flights of birds, bats, and bugs? Join Dr. Phillip Stepanian, Notre Dame Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, in this adult only program to learn how researchers use radar to study flying animals. Light snacks provided. Bring Your Own Beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by June 10.
  6. Sun Jun. 16

    Father's Day Orienteering Course - St. Patrick's County Park Looking for a unique and interesting outdoor outing this Father's Day? Try orienteering! Explore the park together in this self-guided, family-friendly navigational challenge. Work together to find the checkpoints. Pick up directions and a map at the gatehouse.
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