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Your Place for Outdoor Family Fun!
Bendix WoodsFerrettie/BaugoCrone Restoration AreaLaSalle TrailSpicer LakeSt. Patrick'sAnderson RoadChamberlain Lake
 
Special Events:
REO Speedwagon
Running Wild 2016
 
Park Programs:
Big Trees
Calendar of Events
IN Master Naturalist
Leisure Activities
Nature Munchkins
Outdoor Adventures Day Camp 2016
School & Scout
 
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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 bendixwoods@sjcparks.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!


April


  • 1-3 Friday-Sunday
  • Mishawaka Meltdown Disc Golf Tournament

The disc golf course at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park will be part of this A-Tier, PDGA-sanctioned event. For more information and to register, visit www.discgolfscene.com.


  • 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 Wednesdays
  • Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 2 to 3:15pm
  • Fee: $18/person for 6 sessions

Boomers! Meet other people who are interested in walking for fitness! Each walk will be approximately 40 minutes long,
followed by brain-boosting activities from Memorial BrainWorks. Boost your health and wellness! Registration and payment are required by April 8.


50th
  • 14 Thursday
  • Jump Start Your Geocaching
  • St. Patrick’s County Park:
    White Barn/Harvest Room
  • 5:30 to 7pm Free!

Learn the basics of this fun game and then search for a cache within the park. Bring your GPS and/or smart phone. This workshop is in conjunction with the Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial: Geocache St. Joseph County. Registration is required by April 11.


50th
  • 16 Saturday
  • FREE Youth Fishing Derby
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • Check in: 8am, Fishing: 8:30 to 10:30am

Calling all kids, ages 6-13! Join the fun for a morning of catch-and-release fishing on our ponds. Bait and fishing equipment will be available. Prizes awarded for longest and most fish caught in each age group. Equipment is limited, children will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is encouraged. Event is sponsored by Niles Rural King.


  • 16 Saturday
  • Audubon Rummage Sale
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • 8am to 1pm
  • Gate fee in effect after 10am

Shop through a barn full of treasures! This annual event is organized by the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society. Drop off your donated items at the Red Barn April 13-15 from 1 to 6pm. Donations of electronics or sofas not accepted. For more information, call 574/334-7761.


  • 16 Saturday
  • Transformations in Nature
  • Lakeville Branch Library
  • 2pm Free!

Nature is full of changes and surprises! Join a St. Joseph County Parks naturalist as we discover some of the ways that wild things seem to be one thing, but then become something else.


50th
  • 21 Thursday
  • Jump Start Your Geocaching
  • Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station
  • 5:30 to 7pm Free!

Learn the basics of this fun game and then search for a cache within the park. Bring your GPS and/or smart phone. This workshop is in conjunction with the Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial: Geocache St. Joseph County. Registration is required by April 18.


50th
  • 23 & 30 Saturdays
  • Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Water Monitor Training
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 8:30am to 12:30pm
  • Free – registration required

Become certified to monitor a stream and submit data to the state database. This training is open to all adults, and can be
especially useful for educators. Gain experience in the use of chemical testing kits and aquatic insect identification. Please attend both sessions. Registration is required by April 15. For more information, go to www.hoosierriverwatch.com.


  • 24 Sunday
  • Breakfast with the Eagles
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: ND LEEF Site: Morrison Family Pavilion
  • 10:00 to 11:00 am  Fee: $7/person

Come learn about the natural history of the bald eagles, their comeback in recent years and how they became one of our national symbols. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available for participants to view the eagle nest. A light breakfast snack and beverages will be served. Program content is geared for participants 10 years and older. Pre-registration and payment are required by April 20. Please call 574/654-3155 to pre-register and pay.

Acrobat Reader Breakfast with the Eagles flyer


 

  • 27 Wednesday
  • Scales and Slime: Spring Home School Program
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 10 to 11:30am Fee: $3/child

Welcome, home school families! Continue your hunt for the mysterious fish-stealer. Create a giant food web to discover a list of suspects, test your senses as you learn about nocturnal and diurnal animals, and practice using your day/night vision. Registration is required by April 25.


  • 27 Wednesday
  • Women Experience the Outdoors: Dandy Dandelions
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
  • 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Fee: $8/person

If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! Learn about the benefits of this often vilified weed, and taste recipes using all parts of the plant.
Dandelions can be used for every meal of the day, and snacks and beverages too! Registration and payment are required by April 18.


  • 30 Saturday
  • INPAWS Invasive Plant Removal Work Day
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Meet at White Barn parking lot
  • 9am to 12pm

Help the parks to remove aliens (invasive species). Dress for outdoor work. Bring loppers or borrow a pair from the parks.


May


  • May 4, 11, 18 Wednesdays
  • Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 2 to 3:15pm
  • Fee: $18/person for 6 sessions

Boomers! Meet other people who are interested in walking for fitness! Each walk will be approximately 40 minutes long,
followed by brain-boosting activities from Memorial BrainWorks. Boost your health and wellness! Registration and payment are required by April 8.


  • 7 Saturday
  • Webelos Adventure: Into the Wild
  • Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Visitor Center
  • 9am to 3pm Fee: $8/scout

Webelos, enjoy a day of outdoor exploring while completing all requirements for this AOL Elective Adventure. We’ll end the day with an optional swamp stomp! Registration and payment are required by April 29.


50th
  • 7 Saturday
  • Mountain Bike Class
  • Bendix Woods County Park: Deneve Shelter
  • 10am to noon Free!

Want to learn how to ride a mountain bike safely on back country trails? The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association will host this introductory workshop that includes basics and essentials for safe riding. Participants must bring a bike helmet and a safe mountain bike with all working components. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Participants must have the ability to ride up to 1 mile on a single-track mountain bike trail. Registration is required by May 4.


50th
  • 8 Sunday
  • 50th Anniversary: Gate Fee Rollback

To celebrate 50 years of outdoor fun, St. Joseph County Parks will “rollback” gate fees to what they would have been in 1966: 67 cents.


  • 8 Sunday
  • Mother’s Day Canoe & Cookies
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • Trip Times: 9:30am or 12:30pm
  • Fee: $25/canoe

It’s a day to play and create Mother’s Day memories while paddling down a 4.5-mile stretch of the St. Joseph River. Afterwards, enjoy some cookies and milk. Each canoe can accommodate up to three people. Canoes, paddles, cushions, lifejackets and basic
instruction will be provided. Not recommended for children 3 years and under. Registration and payment are required by May 5.


  • 12 Thursday
  • Early Bird Kayak Trip
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 5:30pm Fee: $15/person

Take advantage of an early season opportunity to kayak down the St. Joseph River at a reduced rate. Registration and payment are required by May 9.


  • 14 Saturday
  • Recycled Paper Making
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Interpretive Center
  • 9am to noon Fee: $3/person

Make your own paper, and turn it into a custom greeting card with embellishments. Suitable for adults, and children ages 10 and above with an adult. All materials provided. Registration and payment are required by May 6.


  • 14 Saturday
  • Girls Ambitious About Learning Science (GALS)
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Fragomeni Shelter
  • 9am to 1:30pm Fee: $10/student

5th-8th grade girls, come and enjoy a morning of outdoor science fun led by women scientists from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University of South Bend. Join these women as they share their passion for science! Lunch will be provided during the program. Registration and payment are required by May 6.

Acrobat Reader Girls Ambitious About Learning Science Flyer   Acrobat Reader Gals Registration and Waiver Form


50th
  • 15 Sunday
  • Get Out There!
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek: Oak Tree Shelter
  • 1 to 4pm Free!

Experience a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. Go canoeing or kayaking, learn to fish, play disc golf, practice archery or go geocaching! This event is designed for the whole family to get outside and enjoy the outdoors!


50th
  • 21 Saturday
  • Grassland Bird Hike
  • Beverly Crone Restoration Area
  • 8 to 10am Free!

The 110-acre Beverly Crone Restoration Area is a nesting ground for several species of endangered grassland birds. We will walk the gravel path to search for Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Henslow’s Sparrow and more! Bring binoculars; loaners will also be available. The Restoration Area is located at Jackson Rd. and Locust Rd. just west of U.S. 31. Park on the spur on the south side of Jackson, just east of Locust. Registration is required by May 18.


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

Start the season off right! Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for an on-the-water class that will focus on basic fundamentals, safety, loading/unloading and transporting your canoe/kayak. Fee includes gate fee and use of equipment, including life jackets. Registration is required by May 18.


  • 22 Sunday
  • Mayors’ Bike Ride
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn
  • 7 to 11am

The Mayors’ Ride encourages cyclists of all ages to enjoy South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County’s connected bikeways and bicycle-friendly infrastructure. For information or to register visit www.bikemichiana.org.


  • 25 Wednesday
  • Scales and Slime: Spring Home School Program
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 10 to 11:30am Fee: $3/child

Welcome, home school families! Examine mystery boxes to get more information about the fish-stealer and hike to find a clue that it left behind. Make a button as a reward for solving the case! Registration is required by May 23.


  • 28 Sarurday
  • REO Speedwagon
  • St. Patrick’s County Park
  • Fischgrund Center for the Performing Arts
  • 7:30 pm, Gates open at 6 pm

Brought to you by Pacific Coast Concerts. Founding member Neal Doughty and Kevin Cronin bring this Illinois-originated band back to the Midwest. They’ll play their hits “Keep on Lovin’ You,” “Time for Me to Fly,” “Roll with the Changes,”  and more.  

REO Speedwagon

Tickets available at:  Orbit Music/Mishawaka, Audio Specialists/South Bend, Karma Records/Plymouth & Warsaw, LaPorte Civic Auditorium Box Office, Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office. Charge by phone 574/235-9190 or online www.morriscenter.org . No carry-in food or beverage. Festival seating: bring a lawn chair or blanket. St. Patrick’s County Park is a smoke-free venue. For more info on venue: http://www.sjcparks.org/amprules.html


Other Park Programs


Garden Work Days

  • Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
  • 9:30am to noon

Do you have a green thumb? If not, that’s ok! Help us tidy up the landscaping around the Nature Center in preparation for our big 50th Birthday Party. Please call to register at 574/654-3155.

Monday, March 28
Monday, April 11
Monday, May 9
Monday, June 6


Invasive Species Work Days

  • Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center
  • 1pm to 3pm

Help keep the aliens (garlic mustard and other invasives) at bay. Dress for outdoor work. Gloves, hiking shoes, garden
trowels, water bottle and insect spray recommended. Call 574-654-3155 to register.

Monday, April 11
Monday, May 9
Monday, May 23


Bat Roost Monitoring Program

  • When: May 17-July 15
  • Site: St. Patrick’s County Park: Red Barn

Do you like bats? Become a volunteer to participate in assisting park staff to count our bat population at St. Patrick’s County Park. Call 574/654-3155 for more information or to sign up.


Nature Munchkins

Nature Munchkins is designed for parents or grandparents to discover nature with their 3- to 4-year-old.
9:30 to 11am St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn

  • April 21—Reptiles and Amphibians
  • May 19—Birds
  • June 16—Mud Monsters

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. For more information or to register call 574/654-3155.

Nature Munchkins

Outdoor Adventures Summer Day Camp

During Outdoor Adventures day camp at St. Patrick's County Park, you'll splash, hike and climb your way to adventurous outdoor fun! Practice archery or wade down the creek. Catch tadpoles in the pond. Paddle a canoe or kayak. Whether it's through an active challenge, game or a quiet moment of observation, you'll find surprising discoveries waiting around every corner.

Acrobat Reader Outdoor Adventures Brochure and Registration Form