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
All programs have a minimum and maximum registration number; register early!
  1. Thu Sep. 20

    Autumn Equinox Yoga Ages: 8 and up Say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall with a 1-hour outdoor yoga class set to the sound of nature. This experience will leave you feeling relaxed, peaceful and ready for fall! All experience levels welcome. Please bring a mat, limited extras available. Registration and payment are required by September 17.
  2. Thu Sep. 27

    Science at Sunset: The Global Freshwater Crisis: Challenges and Solutions Fresh water is arguably the planet's most imperiled resource. Join Dr. Gary Lamberti, Professor of Biological Sciences, in this adult only program, to learn how the environment and human populations will deal with this fresh water crisis and what the possible solutions are. Light snacks will be provided. Bring Your Own Beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by September 24.
  3. Fri Sep. 28

    Fall Fling for the Little Ones Fall is a lovely time to get outdoors with kids! Join us for a special morning of activities for children age five and under. Experience the best of the season with a hayride to the prairie where you can explore the new fall Story Walk! You can also make a craft, sample a tasty snack and play on the playground! Registration and payment are required by September 24.
  4. Sun Oct. 7

    6th Annual ND-LEEF Science Sunday Come learn about the innovative environmental research happening at Notre Dame. Scientists from the Colleges of Science and Engineering will conduct on-site demonstrations. Enjoy hands-on exhibits for children of all ages and public tours of the facility, which is home to a pair of bald eagles! Refreshments will be provided.
  5. Thu Oct. 11

    Fall Home School Adventure - Owl Prowl Welcome, home school families! Experience one of the most beautiful spots in St. Joseph County at twilight! Learn about the unique adaptations of some of our native nocturnal animals and go on a one-mile hike through the woods to listen and look for owls. Round out the evening with s'mores by the campfire! Registration and payment are required by October 9.
  6. Thu Oct. 11

    Night-O Can you read a basic map? Are you up for a thrilling experience in a deep dark forest? If you answered yes, then be brave and grab a partner and register for a night of orienteering. Bring a flashlight and watch to help located checkpoints within the time limit. All participants must be 18 yrs. or older. Registration and payment are required by October 8.
  1. Sun Oct. 14

    Portraits in the Park The colors are changing, and it is the perfect season to capture photos of your family! Receive a 20-minute photo shoot and one 8 X 10 portrait. Additional photos can be purchased. Rain date scheduled for October 21. Registration and payment are required by October 10.
  2. Sun Oct. 14

    Public Hayrides Meet at the Playground. Hayrides are one of the best ways to enjoy the cool autumn air and fall colors at Bendix Woods County Park. Make an afternoon of it - bring a picnic, take a hike and enjoy the park! Weather conditions permitting.
  3. Thu Oct. 18

    HallowLantern Hayride The time is ripe for carving pumpkins! Join us for a hayride into the woods where families can carve a Jack-O'-Lantern. Learn the spooky origins of this Halloween craft as you carve and enjoy a campfire treat. One pumpkin per family. Registration and payment are required by October 15.
  4. Fri Oct. 19

    2018 National Orienteering Championship: Middle Distance In orienteering your mission is to find a series of checkpoints in the terrain. You have a map identifying checkpoint locations, your wits for determining the fastest route between checkpoints, and your powers of observation. The public is welcome to participate. Register on-site, the afternoon of the event. Visit http:/ for more information.
  5. Sat Oct. 20 - Sun Oct. 21

    St. Pat's 24-hr Run For more information, visit
  6. Sun Oct. 21

    Trails of Treats: Orienteering Ages 6 & up, accompanied by adult! Come in your Halloween costume for a fun navigational challenge. You will get a map showing the locations of "treat" baskets. Use the map and your wits to find each basket and collect a token. At the finish, turn in your tokens for candy. Registration and payment are required by October. 17.
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