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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs have a minimum and maximum registration number; register early!
We are celebrating throughout 2016 with Fifty for 50 fun, special offers. Look for the symbol below!
Welcome, home school families! Help us solve “The Case of the Bone-Chewer”! Visit the crime scene to gather clues, study bones up close, and make a list of possible victims in your detective booklet. Registration is required by December 7.
Grab your family and put on your best ugly sweater! The Best of the Ugly Sweaters will be featured on the St. Joseph County Parks Facebook page. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at the cozy Manion Cabin. 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 enjoy an evening hike on lighted trails to the Manion Cabin.
Welcome, home school families! Continue on the trail of the mysterious bone-chewer. Look for more clues at the crime scene, and examine a variety of skulls and bones to identify the victim. Registration is required by January 11.
Join us and the Reducing Obesity Coalition of St. Joseph County for a FREE family fun evening of tubing. The St. Joseph County Parks and the Passport to Play program give your family the chance to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in a fun way.
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 30. Registration and payment are required by January 14.
Balance, stride and glide! Join other Boomers (ages 50+) and learn cross country skiing basics while enjoying the beautiful winter landscape. If there are poor snow conditions, the program will be offered on January 28. Registration and payment are required by January 18.
A white expanse of snow blanketing the ground, the moon creeping up through the silhouettes of pines, and the stars twinkling overhead all set the scene for our guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. Afterwards warm up with a refreshment and crackling fire. Registration and payment are required by January 20.
Experience the woods at night as you ski our candle-lit trails under the full moon! Take a break at the campfire at the Manion Cabin, where we’ll treat you to a moon pie and a hot drink! 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 enjoy an evening hike on lighted trails to the Manion Cabin.
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 22.
Our instructors are here to get you started on the right foot...or ski. Learning beginner movements/skills is only one part of this memorable experience. These lessons are all about putting the fun in your fundamentals. If there are poor snow conditions, the program will be offered on February 13.
Enjoy a leisurely ski to the Manion Cabin where a selection of gourmet coffees, hot chocolates and pastries awaits you. Enjoy your sweets in the log cabin or around a cozy campfire. Bring your own skis or rent a pair of ours for $10/person. If there are poor snow conditions and skiing is not possible, participants can enjoy an evening hike on lighted trails to the Manion Cabin.
Welcome, home school families! We are closing in on the bone-chewer! Study tooth patterns and find clues that the bone-chewer left behind. Make a button as a reward for solving the case! Registration is required by February 8.
Enjoy a beautiful Valentine’s Day morning skiing the trails of St. Patrick’s County Park. While on the trails stop by the Manion Cabin for lunch between 11am and 1pm to warm up with a hot bowl of soup. Fee includes ski rental, trail fee and lunch. Registration and payment are required by February 11.
The sap will soon be running, and it’s time to tap! Volunteers are needed to tap the trees and get the Bendix Woods 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.
Try out some snowshoes (weather permitting) for a hike through the sugar bush. Discover how sap is harvested from sugar maples, and see it being cooked into sweet syrup in the sugar house. Warm up afterwards with a hot drink and a maple dessert. Registration and payment are required by March 2.
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 8.
Meet all requirements for the “Into the Woods” Adventure, AND
get a taste of the famous Bendix Woods sugar bush. In
addition to badge activities, tap a maple tree, visit the Sugar House, and see for yourself how to turn maple sap into sweet maple syrup. “Be prepared” for outdoor weather! Registration and payment are required by March 7.
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!
Enjoy the outdoors and search for the “Great Golden Egg.” Park staff will hide ONE egg alongside a trail at each of the county parks. Each egg can be redeemed for a summer fun pack of canoe rental, disc golf, and gate entry coupons. Please stay on the trails.
Are you interested in setting up a bluebird house or trail on your property? Join John Harville of the Michigan Bluebird Society to 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 22.
Other Park Programs
Nature Munchkins is designed for parents or
grandparents to discover nature with their 3- to 4-year-old.
The fee is $5 per adult-child pair and $3 for a second child. Participants may register for four sessions for $16. Advance registration and payment are required. Siblings outside of the age bracket are not allowed to attend.
St. Joseph County Parks Online Photo Contest