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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!
Fifty for 50!
In honor of the County Parks’ 50th Anniversary, we are celebrating with 50 free or discounted programs and special offers throughout the year! Look for this symbol highlighting the “Fifty for 50” events!
A family ride and 25-mi., 40-mi., 100-k, 100-mi. and 200-k rides
are available. Post-ride party is at St. Patrick’s County Park.
For information or to register visit www.bikemichianaforhospice.org.
Boomers, meet other people who are interested in walking for fitness on the scenic park trails. Each walk will last 40 minutes, followed by brain-boosting paper and pencil activities from Memorial BrainWorks. Boost your health and wellness! Registration and payment are required by September 19.
Greet the State Torch Relay as it passes
Welcome, home school families! Gather clues about the identity of the mystery skeleton. Discover what group the creature belonged to and how big it was. Registration is required by October 11.
Ages 12 and older. Escape the stress of busy schedules and enjoy
a peaceful, refreshing fall paddle down the St. Joseph River.
The evening will conclude with a delicious pastry. Registration and payment are required by October 11.
For more information, visit www.stpats24hour.com.
Welcome the fall season with a daytime hayride and build your own scarecrow! See September 30 program description. Registration and payment are required by October 13.
Bring your friends or family to the campfire! Sing along with the guitar music (lyrics provided to popular songs just in case you don’t remember them all). Make a s’more and go on a hayride. A fun evening for all. Registration and payment are required by October 17.
The colors are changing and it is the perfect season to capture photos of your family! Join professional photographer Joe Colpitts for a 20-minute photo shoot and receive one 8x10 portrait and access to portraits to share. Additional photos can be purchased. Registration and payment are required by October 18.
Enjoy this colorful time of year with a tractor-drawn hayride. A campfire, s’mores and hot cocoa await you after the brisk ride. For more information, visit the Healthworks! Happenings calendar and Family Passport to Play on Facebook.
Bring your dog for a tractor-drawn hayride through the crisp autumn air. Light refreshments for dogs and owners are available for purchase. Pet-related donations aid PetsConnect! Pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Pet costumes welcome.
Are you interested in traveling to see the annual migration of the Sandhill Cranes? Bring a sack lunch for an evening dinner. There is a small amount of walking and stair climbing to the observation deck. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Registration is required by October 31.
Welcome, home school families! Measure and compare bones to discover the identity of the mystery skeleton. Make a button as a reward for solving the case! Registration is required by November 8.
Bring some chili for the lunch pot and learn how to use your smart phone on a high-tech “treasure hunt” to find caches at and around St. Patrick’s County Park! Bowls, spoons, fixin’s and drinks provided. Registration is required by November 9.
Have you tried knitting but could never get the hang of using two needles at the same time? Then crochet might be for you! Learn how to make basic stitches and read instructions. Hook and yarn provided. Registration and payment are required by November 14.
Make holiday cards with hammers! Use live evergreens and a flower-pounding technique to decorate cards with a “faux watercolor” look. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 5 to adult. Registration and payment are required by November 24.
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.
Other Park Programs
Garden Work Days
Mondays, September 12 and 26
Site: Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
Time: 9:30am to 12pm
Volunteers are needed to help with weeding the gardens. Call 574-654-3155 to register.
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.
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.
Guided Park Hikes
It’s fall and we’re exploring the County Parks! Come learn about unique fall features while enjoying all the color on a FREE guided hike! Hikes last 60-90 minutes and begin at 5pm. Register by the Friday before the hike.
Boomers and Beyond Outdoor Wild Life Series (O.W.L.S)
“Comeback Creatures” Programs for those 50 years of age and better!
Time: 2 to 3pm
Fee: $7/person/program OR $25 for the entire 4-week program series.
Registration and payment are required the Friday before each program.
Indiana’s Comeback Creatures: Setting the Stage
Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station: Astor Room
Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Visitor Center
St. Patrick’s County Park: ND-LEEF: Morrison Family Pavilion