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 Jan. 1 - Fri Jan. 31

    January Winter Photo Contest - Bendix Woods, Ferrettie/Baugo Creek and St. Patrick's County Parks Forget the winter blues! Wintertime at 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 Jan. 30

    Preschool Tubing Ages: 3-5 years old Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home - this one is just for the little ones! Check out the Facebook page or Twitter feed for hill status.
  3. Fri Jan. 31

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a quick "Click and Go!" lesson on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! Trail conditions permitting.
  4. Fri Jan. 31

    Skiing Under the Stars - St. Patrick's County Park - Manion Cabin Enjoy skiing by the light of glowing luminaires on snow-covered trails. At the Manion Cabin enjoy hot chocolate, coffee or water & homemade cookies to revive you for the return journey.
  5. 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.
  6. Wed Feb. 5

    Winter Saunter for Adults - Bendix Woods County Park - Nature Center Come mingle with other adults and join a park naturalist for a guided saunter as we discover the joys of the winter woods! Afterward, warm up with hot coffee and a light snack! Registration and payment are required by February 4.
  1. Thu Feb. 6

    Preschool Tubing Ages: 3-5 years old Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home - this one is just for the little ones! Check out the Facebook page or Twitter feed for hill status.
  2. Fri Feb. 7

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a quick "Click and Go!" lesson on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! Trail conditions permitting.
  3. Thu Feb. 13

    Preschool Tubing Ages: 3-5 years old Fun for families with preschoolers, snow tubing is a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon together. Leave the older kids at home - this one is just for the little ones! Check out the Facebook page or Twitter feed for hill status.
  4. Fri Feb. 14

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lesson - St. Patrick's County Park: Red Barn Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped on your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a quick "Click and Go!" lesson on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! Trail conditions permitting.
  5. Sat Feb. 15

    Tapping Day - Bendix Woods County Park: Sauk Trail Shelter The sap will soon be running, and it's time to tap! Volunteers are needed to get the Bendix Woods Sugar Bush ready for making maple syrup! Experienced sugar-makers will take you out into the woods and show you how to tap maple trees and hang sap tubes to collect sap. This activity is outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather.
  6. Sat Feb. 15

    Valentine's Day Sweet Ski Check-in at 10:30 am Impress your Valentine with a beautiful morning cross-country skiing the trails of St. Patrick's County Park. While out on the trails stop by the Manion Cabin for a sweet treat between 11 am and 1 pm. Fee includes gate fee, ski rental, trail fee, and a sweet treat. Registration and payment are required by February 12.
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