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. Wed Apr. 3

    Mom and Me: Make Something New Ages 7 and up with an adult Make something old into something new, with just a pair of scissors. We'll "up-cycle" old t-shirts into tote bags, accessories, and pet toys. Please bring sharp scissors that will cut fabric if you can. Shirts will be provided or bring your own. Registration and payment are required by March 29.
  2. Fri Apr. 12

    Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club Boomers, put on your walking shoes! we'll walk the scenic park trails and learn about the history and features of each park. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Transportation provided to other sites from St. Patrick's County Park. Registration and payment are required by April 9. St. Patrick's County Park (12th, 26th & May 10th) Bendix Woods County Park (April 19), Spicer Lake Nature Preserve (May 3), Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park (May 17) Walks begin at 10:30 am.
  3. Tue Apr. 16

  4. Sat Apr. 20

    Women's Learn to Fish Workshop A workshop for women 18 and older, taught by a DNR Fisheries Biologist. Learn some fish biology and how to set up a fishing rod; then practice in the ponds. No experience or fishing license required. Advance registration is required by April 15 by going to
  5. Sat Apr. 20

    Capture the Season: Portraits Celebrate springtime with family photos as Mother Nature awakens from her hibernation. Receive a 20-minute photo shoot and one 8" X 10" portrait. Additional photos can be purchased. Rain date is May 19. Registration and payment are required by April 12.
  6. Sat Apr. 20

    Free Fishing Days These dates 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 gate for for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles! This is available at St. Patrick's County Park also.
  1. Sat Apr. 27

    Audubon Rummage Sale 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 24-26 from 1 to 6 pm. Electronics or sofas not accepted. For more information, call 574-334-7761.
  2. Sat Apr. 27 - Sat May 4

    Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Water Monitor Training 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 with chemical testing kits and aquatic insect identification. Please attend both sessions. Registration is required by April 22. For more information, go to
  3. Wed May 1

    Blooming Wildflower Stroll Enjoy an evening at the Nature Preserve as we hike the trails and observe nature's display of wildflowers in bloom. Registration is required by April 30.
  4. Thu May 2 - Thu May 30

    Tails on the Trails This five-week pet-friendly walking series is designed to promote healthy living by allowing you and your furry friend to explore the trails of St. Patrick's County Park. Pets must be on a 6-foot leash.
  5. Thu May 2

    Science at Sunset: The Deer Mouse - Portrait of a Misunderstood Mammal Small mammals play important roles in forested ecosystems, both as prey to larger species and as seed predators. Join Dr. Michael J. Cramer, Notre Dame Dept. of Biological Sciences, in this adult only program to learn how these animals affect life in the forest. Light snacks will be provided. Bring Your Own Beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by April 29. Taking place at ND-LEEF, if weather is inclement this program will be held in the Brown Barn.
  6. Sat May 4

    Breakfast with the Eagles ND-Leef Morris Family Pavilion Learn about the natural history of bald eagles, their recent comeback and how they became one of our national symbols. Following the presentation, spotting scopes and binoculars will be available to view the eagle nest. A light breakfast snack and beverages will be served. Program content will be geared for participants 10 years and older. Registration and payment are required by May 1.
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