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. Thu Dec. 8

    Searching in a Winter Wonderland Elves have hidden ornaments around the the St. Joseph County Parks, and they want you to find them! Every Thursday in December, Elves will post a photo to www.facebook.com/sjcparks/ giving a clue to the hiding place of each ornament. Play their game, find the ornaments, snap a picture, and submit the photo to be entered in a drawing for park prizes.
  2. Fri Dec. 9

    Cocoa, Candy Canes, and Crafts It's not too early in the season to start making your own ornaments! Put a unique, nature-themed spin on this year's handmade project by using materials collected from right outside. Tunes, treats, and a warm drink will be provided. Registration and payment required by December 6.
  3. Sat Dec. 10

    Cookies with Santa Skip the crowds and craziness and visit Santa at the park. Decorate a cookie, write a letter to Santa, and enjoy a holiday story by Mrs. Claus. Registration required by December 5.
  4. Thu Dec. 15

    Searching in a Winter Wonderland Elves have hidden ornaments around the the St. Joseph County Parks, and they want you to find them! Every Thursday in December, Elves will post a photo to www.facebook.com/sjcparks/ giving a clue to the hiding place of each ornament. Play their game, find the ornaments, snap a picture, and submit the photo to be entered in a drawing for park prizes.
  5. Tue Dec. 20

  6. Wed Dec. 21

    Solstice Yeti Lantern Hike Celebrate the Winter Solstice. Bundle up and get Yeti for a hike on the longest night of the year! Enjoy the brisk air and search for 15 glowing Yeti's hiding trailside. Afterwards, enjoy a fun treat and hot cocoa. Lanterns will be available for each family to help guide the way. Registration required by December 19.
  1. Thu Dec. 22

    Searching in a Winter Wonderland Elves have hidden ornaments around the the St. Joseph County Parks, and they want you to find them! Every Thursday in December, Elves will post a photo to www.facebook.com/sjcparks/ giving a clue to the hiding place of each ornament. Play their game, find the ornaments, snap a picture, and submit the photo to be entered in a drawing for park prizes.
  2. Thu Dec. 29

    Searching in a Winter Wonderland Elves have hidden ornaments around the the St. Joseph County Parks, and they want you to find them! Every Thursday in December, Elves will post a photo to www.facebook.com/sjcparks/ giving a clue to the hiding place of each ornament. Play their game, find the ornaments, snap a picture, and submit the photo to be entered in a drawing for park prizes.
  3. Fri Jan. 6

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lessons Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped to your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a "Click and Go!" on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! *Trail conditions permitting. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of program.
  4. Sat Jan. 7

    Overhead and Underfoot: Winter's Secrets: Part 1 of 3 This three-part series will put you "in the know" about what is really going on during the not-so-dead of winter. Be amazed at how much migrating, courting, and rebirth occurs during the snowy, cold season! Each program will start with a hot beverage and an indoor introduction, followed by a hike outdoors where we look and listen for nature in action. Dress for the weather! Registration and payment for the series required by January 4.
  5. Fri Jan. 13

    Click and GO! Cross-Country Skiing Lessons Is your goal to learn how to ski with those weird sticks strapped to your feet? Friday afternoons, receive a "Click and Go!" on the basics of skiing and hit the skiing trails! *Trail conditions permitting. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of program.
  6. Sat Jan. 14

    Cross-Country Ski Class Learn the basics of cross-country skiing in a friendly and fun group setting. Participants will learn the basics of kick and glide on the ski trails. *Trail conditions permitting. Registration and payment required by January 11.
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