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Calendar of Events
For program information or reservations call 574/654-3155.
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)
Come visit us at Science Alive! Join park staff for hands-on nature fun!
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
Other Park Programs
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.
Look for the return of the Nature Munchkins Series starting in April!