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. Sat Apr. 21

    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 18-20 from 1 to 6 pm. Donations of electronics or sofas not accepted. For more information, call 574-334-7761.
  2. Sat Apr. 21

    Women Experience the Outdoors: Fishing with Grandma CANCELLED A beginner fishing lesson for ladies and their grand-kids ages 6 and up. Learn equipment basics, knot tying, fish identification and casting techniques followed by on-the-pond fishing. This is a Free Fishing Day, so no license is required. Registration and payment are required by Monday, April 16.
  3. Sat Apr. 21

    Cache In-Trash Out (CITO) CANCELLED Help celebrate Earth Day! CITO is an environmental initiative supported by geocachers worldwide. A special geocaching course will be set up for the day. Bring gloves, bug repellent and a dish to pass for a potluck lunch. A short intro to geocaching will be given. Registration is required by Wed. April 18.
  4. Sat Apr. 21

    Girls Ambitious about Learning Science (GALS) Calling all 5th-8th grade girls! Come enjoy a day of outdoor science fun with hands-on, feet stomping learning experiments led by women scientists from the University of Notre Dame, I U South Bend and Saint Mary's College. Lunch and snacks provided during the program. Registration and payment are required by Monday, April 16.
  5. Sat Apr. 21

    Free Fishing Days Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters on these dates. 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 fee for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles. Free Fishing is also available at Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park.
  6. Sat Apr. 21

    Brownie Outdoor Adventurer Badge- CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED! Welcome, Brownies! Join us for a night hike, a campfire lesson (with marshmallows!) and games to test your night-time senses of smell and hearing. At the end of the evening you will have met all the requirements for your Outdoor Adventurer Badge! Registration and payment are required by Monday, April 16.
  1. Sat Apr. 28

    Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Water Monitoring Training Become certified to monitor a stream and submit data to the state database. This training is especially useful for educators. Gain experience in the use of chemical test kits and aquatic insect identification. Please attend both sessions Sat. April 28 and May 5. Registration is required by Monday, April 23. Fore more information, go to hoosierriverwatch.com.
  2. Sat Apr. 28

    DIY Hula Hoops Here's a fun project to keep you spinning with delight this spring! Hula hooping - it's fun for kids and great exercise for adults! Make a custom hula hoop so it is tailored to your height and then have fun decorating it! Registration and payment are required by Wed. April 25.
  3. Tue May 1

    Spring Fling for the Little Ones Join us for a special morning of spring activities for children 5 and under. Experience the wonder of the season on a short guided hike, create a unique craft, hear a spring story and sample a tasty snack. Play in the Discovery Room and run off some extra energy on the playground! Registration and payment are required by April 27.
  4. Thu May 3

    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.
  5. Sun May 6

    Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons Start the season off right! Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for an on-the-water class that focuses on basic fundamentals, safety, loading/unloading and transporting your canoe/kayak. Fee includes gate fee and use of equipment, including life jackets. Registration and payment are required by May 3.
  6. Sat May 12

    Beginner Orienteering Learn the history of the international sport of orienteering and how it is played. During this outdoor, active workshop, discover the tree tips orienteerers use to navigate using a topographic map and compass. Then try your new skills on a course through the park.
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