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!
  1. Wed Aug. 17

    Baugo Creek Kayak/Canoe Clean-Up *Minimum age 14 yrs. Under 18 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult. Help us keep the creek clean by contributing to our goal of removing small debris and trash. While enjoying an afternoon paddle, do your part and support a healthy, thriving environment for plants and wildlife who rely on this habitat. *Vessels and required life jackets provided. Registration required by August 15.
  2. Sat Aug. 20

    Running Wild: 5k trail run & 3k fun walk A FUNd-raising run and walk to benefit St. Joseph County Parks! Help us raise funds for park projects, including scholarships to help schools cover the cost of transportation to the parks for programs. Dogs on leashes are welcome for the fun walk, which includes a wacky nature-themed scavenger hunt. There will be age division prizes for timed runs. There will be no day of registration.
  3. Thu Sep. 1

    Bag a Bat and eat a Batnana Split Meet Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Sheets as he talks about the various species of bats found in Indiana and shows how bat information is collected for research. Registration and payment required by August 30.
  4. Thu Sep. 8

    Archery Lessons Ages: 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration required by September 6.
  5. Sun Sep. 11

    Ringing of the Bell Clay Fire Territory, Mishawaka Fire, and South Bend Fire will join together and commemorate the 21st anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 at the Freedom Memorial.
  6. Tue Sep. 20

  1. Wed Sep. 21

    Boomers and Beyond Fall Walking Club Get your exercise and learn about the natural environment surrounding you as you take a walk through the woods. Explore Bendix Woods County Park and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve during this five-part series. Each walk will last approximately one hour. Registration required by September 19.
  2. Wed Sep. 21

    Family Passport to Play: Nature-Adventure-Play *Ages: 10-18 years old Experience the wonder of nature play! Climb on logs, jump on boulders, dream of adventures, dig holes, and build forts at St. Patrick's County Park's River Ramble Natural Playscape. A light refreshment will be provided by Martin's Super Market.
  3. Wed Sep. 28

    Boomers and Beyond Fall Walking Club Get your exercise and learn about the natural environment surrounding you as you take a walk through the woods. Explore Bendix Woods County Park and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve during this five-part series. Each walk will last approximately one hour. Registration required by September 19.
  4. Fri Sep. 30

    Fall Paddle at St. Patrick's County Park Experience the St. Joseph River in the fall for a leisurely 4-mile canoe paddle. Fee includes shuttle, vessel, paddles, and required life jackets. Registration required by September 28.
  5. Sat Oct. 1

    Trails at Twilight Explore and discover the world of nature at night! Follow a lantern-lit trail through the STUDEBAKER pine trees, meet a bat expert, go on a fall hayride, make a star finder, look for constellations, roast a hotdog, and make a s'more.
  6. Sun Oct. 2

    Harry Potter Hayride Experience the magic of Bendix Woods on a hayride through the park! Let us equip your young witches and wizards with their very own hand-crafted wand. Remember, no all wands will function properly for each witch or wizard. Conclude your experience with an enchanted drink by our campfire. Registration required by September 28.
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