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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!
Join Gina Costa, internationally renowned photographer, as she helps you turn your smartphone into a wonderful tool. Discover secrets of your phone’s camera and download additional cameras and apps. Learn how to edit photos and work in different lighting situations. Registration and payment are required by July 6.
Join other Boomers (ages 50+) for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak with a certified instructor. Fee includes use of canoe/kayak, paddle and life jacket. Registration and payment are required by July 8.
Join a local archery instructor for an archery lesson. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by July 18.
Enjoy a jolly holiday with your favorite, “practically perfect”
nanny under the stars as South Bend Civic Theatre presents “Mary
Poppins.” Bring your family and friends to enjoy the show where
our volunteer actors are your neighbors, classmates, teachers,
and friends. Tickets are available online anytime at sbct.org or
by calling the box office at 574-234-1112.
Spend an evening absorbing the beauty of the night sky. A brief presentation will introduce you to the night sky at this time of year. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments, look through a telescope, and chat with a member of the Michiana Astronomical Society who will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. Observe the waxing moon at twilight and watch for a shooting star (the Perseid Meteor Showers peak on August 12). Registration and payment are required by August 8.
Join a local archery instructor for an archery lesson. Get
hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a
A FUNd-raising run and walk to benefit St. Joseph County Parks.
Help us raise funds for park projects, including
To celebrate 50 years of outdoor fun, St. Joseph County Parks will waive the park entrance fee for Boomers (50 yrs +). Valid ID required.
Orienteering is a cross country race with a map and compass. Use a map to make your way between checkpoints. For more information visit tinyurl.com/zyfc753.
Discover the world of the bats of Indiana. Observe mist netting and procedures biologists use to record information about bats. End the evening with a batnana split. Registration and payment are required by August 29.
Other Park Programs
Garden Work Days
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
Help keep the aliens (garlic mustard and
other invasives) at bay. Dress for outdoor work. Gloves, hiking
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
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 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. For more information or to register call 574/654-3155.
Wild Wednesdays at the Playground
Families, come out and enjoy free hands-on
programs about some of the most mysterious animals of the park!
St. Patrick’s County Park: Jaffe Shelter
Wednesday, June 22:
Discover the amazing lives of these night-flying, insect-eating predators!
Wednesday, July 20:
Explore the world of these eight-legged, web-spinning wonders!
Wednesday, August 10:
Examine the silent wings, sharp talons and hooked beaks of these elusive creatures!
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.