St. Joseph County Parks

Your Place for Outdoor Family Fun!
Bendix WoodsFerrettie/BaugoCrone Restoration AreaLaSalle TrailSpicer LakeSt. Patrick'sAnderson RoadChamberlain Lake
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Running Wild
 
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Calendar of Events
Free Fishing Days
Leisure Activities
Nature Munchkins
Outdoor Adventures Day Camp
Outdoor Wildlife for Seniors
School & Scout
Wild Wednesdays at the Playground
 
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Calendar of Events

July | August

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


July


  • 2              Wednesday
  • Women Experience the Outdoors: Delicious Day-Lilies
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
  • 2 to 4pm
  • Fee: $10/person

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.


  • 12           Saturday
  • Full Moon Canoe
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 7:30 pm
  • Fee: $10/person

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)


  • 12-13     Saturday-Sunday
  • Great American Campout
  • St. Patrick’s County Park
  • 4pm Saturday to 10am Sunday
  • Fee: $25/Family

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)


  • 17           Thursday
  • Hula Hoops 101
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station
  • 7 to 9pm
  • Fee: $5/person

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)


  • 24           Thursday
  • Archery Lesson
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 6 to 8pm
  • Fee: $10/person

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)


August


  • 2              Saturday
  • Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9am to 12:30pm
  • Fee: $15/person

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 July 30. (Min. 5; max. 12)

Kayak Lessons

  • 6              Wednesday
  • Family Passport: Outdoor Explorer
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 6 to 7:30pm

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.


  • 9             Saturday
  • Father-Daughter Canoe Trip
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9am to 12pm
  • Fee: $20/canoe

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)


  • 13           Wednesday
  • Geocaching: The Great GPS Stash Hunt
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: White Barn Harvest Room
  • GPS coordinates: N 41° 45.473’, W 086° 16.055’
  • 6 to 9pm
  • Fee: $3/person

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)


  • 16           Saturday
  • Running Wild: 5K trail run & 3K fun walk
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • Registration begins at 8am
  • Run/walk starts at 9am

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.

Running Wild

  • 21           Thursday
  • Archery Lesson
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 6 to 8pm
  • Fee: $10/person
  • Ages 12 & up

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)


  • 23           Saturday
  • Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 9am to 12:30pm
  • Fee: $15/person

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)

Kayak Lessons

Other Park Programs


Coming this fall—become an Indiana Master Naturalist!
Visit sjcparks.org in late summer for details and registration information. 


Free Fishing Days

  • April 19, May 17, June 7 & 8
  • St. Joseph County Parks
  • 10am to 8:30pm
  • Gate fee in effect

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.

Free Fishing

Nature Munchkins

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)

  • March 20: Owls
  • April 24: Reptiles and Amphibians
  • May 15: Birds
  • June 19: Swamp Stomp for Pond Creatures

Outdoor Adventures Day Camp

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.

Acrobat Reader Outdoor Adventures Day Camp Brochure


Outdoor Wild Life for Seniors (O.W.L.S)

  • Tuesday, June 17
  • A Hike to Spicer Lake
  • Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Visitor Center
  • 11am
  • Fee: $5/participant

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.

  • Tuesday, July 22
  • From Farm to County Park
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Harvest Room
  • 11am
  • Fee: $5/participant

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.

  • Tuesday, August 19
  • Voyageurs and the Fur Trade
  • 11am
  • Fee: $5/participant

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.


Wild Wednesdays at the Playground

Families, come out and enjoy hands-on programs!
St. Patrick’s County Park: Jaffe Shelter
11am

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!