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Calendar of Events

February | March

For program information or reservations call 574/654-3155.


  • February 3, 10          Tuesdays
  • Boomers & Beyond: Snowshoe Club
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station (January sessions)
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn (February sessions)
  • 10:30am to 12pm
  • Fee: $12/person for 4 sessions
  • Ages: 50 and up

Are you looking for a way to stay active this winter? Snowshoes allow you to enjoy the winter sights and sounds while exercising. Instructions and snowshoes will be provided. In the event of no snow we will enjoy a winter walk in the woods. Registration and payment are required by January 15. (Min. 5; max. 12)

  • 7              Saturday
  • Science Alive
  • St. Joseph County Public Library
  • 10am to 4pm

Come visit us at Science Alive! Join park staff for hands-on nature fun!

  • 7              Saturday
  • Skiing Under the Stars: Cocoa and Campfire Ski
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • 6 to 9pm
  • Fee: $7/person

Experience the woods at night as you ski our candle-lit trails. Take a break at the campfire at the Manion Cabin, where we’ll treat you to a hot dog, s’more and beverage! Bring your own skis or rent a pair of ours for $10. If there are poor snow conditions and skiing is not possible, participants can still enjoy an evening night hike on lighted trails to the Manion Cabin.

  • 14           Saturday
    Valentine’s Day Soup and Ski
    St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
    Check in at 10 am               Fee: $18/person

Enjoy a beautiful Valentine’s Day morning skiing the trails of St. Patrick’s County Park. While out on the trails stop by the Manion Cabin for lunch between 11am and 1pm to warm up with a hot bowl of soup from Victorian Pantry. Fee includes ski rental, trail fee and lunch. Registration and payment are required by February 10. (Min 10; max 40)

  • 19           Thursday
  • Winter Home School Program: Pioneer Schoolhouse
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station
  • 10 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $3/child

Meet a schoolteacher from 1835 and experience life in her classroom! Get lessons in penmanship, ciphering, logic and elocution, and make a pioneer toy to take home! Advance payment and registration are required by February 16. (Min. 10; max. 20)

  • 21           Saturday
  • Tapping Day
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Sauk Trail Shelter
  • 9:30am to 12:30pm

The sap will soon be running, and it’s time to tap! Volunteers are needed to tap the trees and get the Sugar Bush ready for making maple syrup! This activity is outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather. Volunteers should arrive no later than 10am.


  • 7              Saturday
  • Women Experience the Outdoors: Treats from Trees
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 9:30 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $10/person

Discover how we make sweet syrup from maple trees! Tap a tree, visit the sugar house to see syrup cooking, and enjoy a mid-morning treat made from pure maple syrup. You will also take home a half-pint of maple syrup! Registration and payment are required by March 2. (Min. 8; max. 30)

  • 7              Saturday
  • Webelos: A Sweet Way to Earn Forester!
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 2 to 4pm
  • Fee: $3/scout

Come to the Sugar Bush to complete all requirements necessary to earn your Forester Badge! Tap a tree and visit the Sugar House to see how we make pure, sweet maple syrup. Registration is required by March 2. (Min. 5; max. 24)

  • 13           Friday
  • Maple Syrup by Moonlight
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 7pm
  • Fee: $3.50/person

Take a guided twilight stroll through the sugar bush, learn how to tap a tree by lantern light and observe maple syrup being made. Then enjoy a hot beverage and dessert made from pure maple syrup! Registration and payment are required by March 9. (Min. 10; max. 50)

  • 14                Saturday
  • Save that Shirt
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $3/person

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 9. (Min. 4; max. 10)

  • 14           Saturday
  • Inviting Bluebirds to your Backyard
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 2pm
  • Fee: $3/person

Are you interested in setting up a bluebird house or trail on your property? Spend an afternoon with John Harville, Berrien/Cass/ Van Buren County Coordinator of the Michigan Bluebird Society. Learn about bluebird behavior and bluebird house design, plus how to handle issues with house sparrows and other predators of bluebirds. Registration and payment are required by March 9. (Min. 10; max. 30)

  • 21 & 22     Saturday & Sunday
  • Sugar Camp Days
  • Bendix Woods County Park
  • 8:30am to 3pmFee: $7/vehicle

Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast (a New
Carlisle Lion’s Club fundraiser), tour the Sugar Bush, purchase home-made baked goods made with pure maple syrup, enjoy family music and much more! Stay the day!

Sugar Camp Days 2015 Schedule of Events

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Other Park Programs

Nature Munchkins

Nature Munchkins is designed for parents or grandparents to discover nature with their 3- to 4-year old. The sessions are on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11am at St. Patrick’s County Park. The fee is $5 per adult/child and $3 for a second child, or register for four sessions for $16. Advance registration and payment are required. (Min. 5; max. 10) Siblings outside of the age bracket are not allowed to attend.

  • September 25: Bugs
  • October 16: Creepy Critters
  • November 13: Animals Prepare for Winter
  • December  18: Winter Birds

Look for the return of the Nature Munchkins Series starting in April!