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|Wild Wednesdays at the Playground|
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Calendar of Events
For program information or reservations call 574/654-3155.
Day-Lilies are not only beautiful – they are edible! Cook up and sample several treats using day-lilies, and take home a selection of unique, easy recipes. Registration and payment are required by June 27.
Join us to experience a 4.5 mile journey down the St. Joseph River canoeing by the light of the moon. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. Registration and payment are required by July 9. (Min. 10; max. 26)
Looking for a place to camp overnight close to home? Come out and enjoy a night under the stars with family and friends. Park staff will have activities available. Campers are responsible for providing their own tents and food. A central campfire will be available to prepare food. For an additional $10 families can enjoy an evening or morning canoe trip down the river. Registration and payment are required by July 3. (Min 5; max. 12)
Hula hooping—it’s fun for kids and great exercise for adults! Make a custom hula hoop tailored to your height and then have fun decorating it! Registration and payment are required by July14. (Min. 5; max. 15)
Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Equipment provided. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by July 21. (Min. 5; max. 15)
Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for a basic canoe/kayak
lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading
St. Joseph County Parks and the Family Passport to Play program are offering you a FREE event that will surely get you moving. Join us for an evening of paddling, hiking, playing and connecting with nature. For more information visit the Healthworks! Happenings calendar and the Family Passport to Play Facebook page.
Daughters and dads, join us for a canoe trip down the St. Joseph River in the warm sunshine. Get some exercise, watch wildlife, and stop for a snack on one of the river’s islands. This trip is recommended for daughters age ten and older, and for dads with some canoeing experience. Registration and payment are required by August 4. (Min. 8; max. 14)
Learn how to use a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device on a high-tech “treasure hunt” to find caches at the park and throughout the world! Bring a GPS unit if possible; limited loaner units are available. Visit geocaching.com to find out more about this fun international sport. A special geocache course will be set up for this event! Registration and payment are required by August 8. (Min. 4; max. 15)
A FUNd-raising run and walk to benefit St. Joseph County Parks. Help us raise funds for park projects, including scholarships to help schools cover the cost of transportation to the parks for programs. Dogs on leashes are welcome for the family fun walk. Fun walk will have a nature scavenger hunt. Age division prizes for timed run. For registration information visit www.sjcparks.org/running_wild.html.
Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Equipment
provided. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and
enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by August 18. (Min. 5; max. 15)
Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak. Fee includes gate fee and use of canoe/kayak, paddle and life jacket. Bring a snack or sack lunch. Registration and payment are required by August 20. (Min. 5; max. 12)
Other Park Programs
Coming this fall—become an Indiana Master
Visit sjcparks.org in late summer for details and registration information.
These days 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.
Parents and grandparents, discover nature with your 3- to 4- year old at St. Patrick’s County Park. Sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11am. 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. (Min. 5; max. 10)
Paddle, hike, and navigate your way to adventurous outdoor fun! Outdoor Adventures is a day camp that gives kids age five to 14 an opportunity to discover the wonder of the natural environment. Four camps are offered for different age groups. The camp is held at St. Patrick’s County Park. To register call 574/654-3155.
Wildlife Super Sleuths Day Camp is full, please call 574-654-3155 to be added onto the waiting list.
Art Week Day Camp is full, please call 574-654-3155 for more information.
Enjoy a leisurely hike along the boardwalk at Spicer Lake and learn what a great habitat a wetland can be! Bring a sack lunch if you wish, for a picnic after the program.
Come hear the story of St. Patrick’s County Park and how it went from a working farm owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross to a county park enjoyed by residents today. Bring a sack lunch if you wish, for a picnic after the program.
Who were the voyageurs? Come learn how this jovial group of men assisted in the success of the fur trade. Bring a sack lunch if you wish, for a picnic after the program.
Families, come out and enjoy hands-on
St. Patrick’s County Park: Jaffe Shelter
Wednesday, June 18
Birds, Birds, Birds!
Learn about the birds you see while playing, hiking and picnicking in the park!
Wednesday, July 16
Bats, Bats, Bats!
Discover the world of bats that call St. Patrick’s County Park home!
Wednesday, August 6
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
Come hunt for bugs, learn about bugs and discover how cool bugs can be!