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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!


December


  • 3              Saturday
  • Mom and Me Pottery
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $14/pair

Join a local pottery craftsperson to learn the “slump” method of pottery making. Make a decorative bowl, pot or cup together using self-hardening clay that does not require firing. All materials provided. Registration and payment are required by November 16.


  • 8              Thursday
  • Forest Habitat: Winter Home School Program
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 10 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $3/child

Welcome, home school families! Help us solve “The Case of the Skull in the Forest”! Explore a forest habitat, take a census of the creatures that live there, and hunt for the mystery skull. Registration is required by December 6.


January


  • 12           Thursday
  • Forest Habitat: Winter Home School Program
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 10 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $3/child

Welcome, home school families! Examine skulls to determine what animal group our mystery skull belongs to. Search the woods for clues about more animals that live there! Registration is required by January 10.


  • 13           Friday
  • Soup, Salad & Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
  • 6:30 to 9pm
  • Fee: $15/person
  • Ages 12 & up

Enjoy a supper of soup and salad in the historic Studebaker Clubhouse, then embark on a moonlit snowshoe hike through the Studebaker Trees to the sugar house where dessert and a warm crackling fire await to refresh you for the return hike. In the event of no snow, participants can still take pleasure in an evening hike to the sugar house. Registration and payment are required by January 6.


  • 14           Saturday
  • Cross-Country Ski Lesson
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • 10am to noon
  • Fee: $10/person
  • Ages 15 and up

Learn how to cross-country ski in a friendly group setting. Topics include: equipment selection, proper clothing, and safety techniques. You’ll learn the basics required to truly enjoy your ski outing with a focus on fun. If there are poor snow conditions, the program will be offered on January 21 instead.  Registration and payment are required by January 11.


  • 25           Wednesday
  • Preschool Tubing
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 3 to 5pm
  • Fee: $3 per adult-child pair and $2 for each additional person
  • Ages: 3 to 5 years old

Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home—this one is just for the little ones! Snow conditions permitting.


  • 26           Thursday
  • Boomers & Beyond: Cross-Country Ski Lesson
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • 3 to 5pm
  • Fee: $8/person

Balance, stride and glide! Join other Boomers (ages 50+) and learn cross-country skiing basics while enjoying the winter landscape. If there are poor snow conditions, the program will be offered on February 2 instead. Registration and payment are required by January 23.


February


  • 1, 8, 15          Wednesdays
  • Boomers & Beyond: Snowshoe Club
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek: Baugo Station
  • 1 to 2:30pm
  • Fee: $9/person for 3 sessions
  • Ages: 50 and older

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 27.


  • 4              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!


  • 8              Wednesday
  • Passport to Play: Innertubing
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 6 to 7:30pm

St. Joseph County Parks and the Passport to Play program want to give your family the chance to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in a fun way. Join us and the Reducing Obesity Coalition of St. Joseph County for a FREE family fun evening of tubing.


  •  9              Thursday
  • Forest Habitat: Winter Home School Program
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 10 to 11:30am
  • Fee: $3/child

Welcome, home school families! Compare different kinds of animal teeth to find out the identity of the mystery skull. Make a button as a reward for solving the case! Registration is required by February 7.


  • 12           Sunday
  • Valentine’s Day Sweet Ski
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn/Manion Cabin
  • Check in at 10:30am
  • Fee: $18/person

Enjoy a beautiful morning cross-country skiing the trails of St. Patrick’s County Park. While out on the trails stop by the Manion Cabin for a sweet treat and cocoa between 11am and 1pm. Fee includes ski rental, trail fee, hot cocoa and a sweet treat. Registration and payment are required by February 8.


  • 18           Saturday
  • Tapping Day
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Sauk Trail Shelter
  • 10am to 12:30pm

The sap will soon be running, and it’s time to tap! Volunteers are needed to tap the trees, clean the sugar house, and get the Bendix Woods sugar bush ready for making maple syrup! This activity is outdoors, so dress for the weather. Arrive by 10:30 to make sure you get the chance to tap a tree!


  • 22           Wednesday
  • Preschool Tubing
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 3 to 5pm
  • Fee: $3 per adult-child pair and $2 for each additional person
  • Ages: 3 to 5 years old

Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home—this one is just for the little ones! Snow conditions permitting.


March


  • 4              Saturday
  • Maple Chili Lunch
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 11:30am to 2pm
  • Fee: $7/adult; $3.50/child ages 6-11; 5 and under Free

Enjoy a lunch of chili, cornbread and dessert made with Bendix Woods pure maple syrup. After lunch, head to the sugar bush to tap a tree and see maple syrup cooking in the sugar house. Registration and payment are required by February 23.


  • 11           Saturday
  • WEO: Green Cleaning
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9 to 11am
  • Fee: $8/person

Get started on your spring cleaning with some earth-friendly ideas. Learn ways to reduce the harsh chemicals in your cleaning cabinet and use more natural products. Participants will make and take home a sample of laundry detergent. Registration and payment are required by March 6.


  • 11           Saturday
  • Webelos: Into the Woods
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Glenn Bauer Shelter
  • 2 to 4:15pm
  • Fee: $3/Scout

Meet all requirements for the “Into the Woods” Adventure! In addition to badge activities, tap a maple tree, visit the sugar house, and see for yourself how to turn maple sap into sweet syrup. Registration and payment are required by March 3.


  • 18 & 19     Saturday & Sunday
  • Sugar Camp Days
  • Bendix Woods County Park
  • 8:30am to 3pm
  • Fee: $8/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!


Other Park Programs


Comming this fall...

Indiana Master Naturalist

Coming this fall… Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) Program provides participants (18 years or older) with hands-on classes to learn about the natural history and resources of Indiana. This 11-week course will offer sessions on soils, water, botany, birds, insects/spiders and much more! Sessions will be presented by area specialists/educators at the county parks. Click here for a program brochure.


Nature Munchkins

Discover nature with your 3- to 4- year old! Sessions are the third Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11am at St. Patrick’s Park. The fee is $5 per adult/child pair and $3 for a second child. You may register for four sessions for $16. Advance registration and payment are required. Siblings outside of the age bracket are not allowed to attend.

  • September 15 - Bugs and Spiders
  • October 20 - Owls
  • November 17 - Deer
  • December 15 - Winter Birds
Nature Munchkins