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 Jul. 18

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Raptors Meet at the Jaffe Shelter. Investigate vulture wings, hawk talons and owl feathers. Keep an eye out for the Bald Eagle flying over!
  2. Thu Jul. 19

    Science at Sunset: Disentagling the Language of Nature Join Dr. Diogo Bolster, Associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Science to explore how Mathematics helps us understand the world we live in. Light snacks provided. Bring your own beverage (no glass containers, please.) Registration is required by July 13.
  3. Fri Jul. 27

    Sunset Canoe & Campfire Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and experience the serenity and wildlife of the evening river. Afterwards relax by a campfire and enjoy a s'more. Not recommended for children 3 and under. Registration and payment are required by July 24.
  4. Wed Aug. 8

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Mammals Meet at he Jaffe Shelter. Examine furs, skulls and animal tracks. Find out which mammals share the parks with us!
  1. Wed Aug. 8

    Family Passport to Play: Orienteering Fun for All! Orienteering is a family-friendly fun navigation challenge that is suitable for all. As well as being educational, it also gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers that contain a fun nature riddle.
  2. Fri Aug. 10

    Women Experience the Outdoors: Ladies Archery Lesson Ages 16 & up Don't Wear Bows, Shoot Them! Join us for a hands-on-ladies-only lesson and learn archery shooting basics so that you can let your first arrow fly! All equipment is provided. Registration and payment are required by August 8.
  3. Sat Aug. 18

    Running Wild: 5K Trail Run & 3K Fun Walk A 5K trail run and 3K walk and after-party 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 family fun walk. Fun walk includes a nature scavenger hunt. Age division prizes for timed run. To register visit
  4. Sat Aug. 25

    Orienteering Meet In the international sport of orienteering you have a map and a mission - to find all the check points on your map. Rely on your wits and powers of observation to find check points in the woods. Register on-site, the morning of the vent. For more information visit
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