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 Feb. 1 - Sat Feb. 29

    February Winter Photo Contest Forget the winter blues! Wintertime at the St. Joseph County Parks means plenty of family adventures to look forward to, from skiing and tubing to snowshoeing and building a snowman. Share your favorite winter adventure photo, from this season at one of our parks and email it to jhartzke@sjcparks.org with your name and phone number for a chance to win a Summer Fun Pack.
  2. Thu Mar. 5

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  3. Fri Mar. 6

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  4. Fri Mar. 6

    Maple Syrup by Moonlight - Bendix Woods County Park - Glenn Bauer Shelter Take a guided twilight stroll through the sugar bush, learn how to tap a tree by lantern light and observe maple syrup being made (weather permitting). Then enjoy a warm beverage and dessert made from pure maple syrup while warming in the shelter. Registration and payment are required by March 2.
  5. Sat Mar. 7

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn The cross-country ski trails at our park will remain open until 7 pm on these evening if there is adequate snow cover. This is an opportunity for skiers to enjoy the setting sun and take advantage of the natural moonlight.
  6. Sun Mar. 15

    Lucky Leprechaun Orienteering Hunt Lace-up your leprechaun hunting shoes, the hunt is on! Come try your luck at finding leprechauns in the park using an orienteering map! Afterward, warm up by the fire with some hot cocoa and a "pot of gold." Registration and payment are required by March 10.
  1. Tue Mar. 17

  2. Sat Mar. 21

    Sugar Camp Days - Bendix Woods County Park Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast (a New Carlisle Lion's Club fundraiser), tour the Sugar Bush, purchase homemade baked goods made with pure maple syrup, enjoy family music and much more! Stay the day! Pancake & sausage breakfast:  Provided by the New Carlisle Lions Club 8 am to 1 pm  Adults: $8; Children 6-11 years old: $4; Children 5 and under: free
  3. Sun Mar. 22

    Sugar Camp Days - Bendix Woods County Park Join us in celebration as the end of winter nears! Watch sap cook into syrup, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast (a New Carlisle Lion's Club fundraiser), tour the Sugar Bush, purchase homemade baked goods made with pure maple syrup, enjoy family music and much more! Stay the day! Pancake & sausage breakfast:  Provided by the New Carlisle Lions Club 8 am to 1 pm  Adults: $8; Children 6-11 years old: $4; Children 5 and under: free
  4. Sun Mar. 29

    Bike Swap Meet - St. Patrick's County Park - Red Barn This annual event is sponsored by the Michiana Bicycle Association (MBA) and the Nothern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA.) There is no charge for buyers or sellers. Anyone is welcome to bring bicycle-related items to sell. Sellers should arrive between 10:45 and 11:15 am to set up. First-come, first-served for the tablespace.
  5. Wed Apr. 15

    Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club - St. Patrick's County Park 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 13. Spicer Lake Nature Preserve (April 22) Bendix Woods County Park (May 6) St. Patrick's County Park (April 15, 29 and May 13)
  6. Fri Apr. 17 - Fri May 22

    Be Well - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park St. Joseph County Parks is partnering with the Health Department and Purdue Extension for this series to help you "Be Well" and live a better life. Each week will feature a short wellness topic, connect you to free community resources, suggest apps to help you on your path to wellness and give you a chance to ask questions. Join us for a short walk int he park or just come out and enjoy the spring weather.
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