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 Mar. 6

    Sweet Trees: Sap, Syrup and All Things Maple - Program Filled! Discover how trees make sugar, and how we harvest and turn it into maple syrup! Tour the sugar bush, tap a tree, hang a bucket and visit the sugar house. Enjoy a hot drink and a maple treat after your adventure. Each group will take home a half-pint of pure Bendix Woods maple syrup! Registration and advance payment are required by Wednesday, March 3.
  2. Sat Mar. 6

    Nordic Nights - St. Patrick's County Park - CANCELED The cross-country ski trails at St. Patrick's County Park will remain open until 7 pm on March 3, 4, 5 & 6, 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. Tue Mar. 16

    Park Board Meeting The regular monthly meeting of the St. Joseph County Parks Board.
  4. Sat Mar. 27

    Maple Sugar Stroll - Bendix Woods County Park - PROGRAM FILLED Maple Sugar Stroll will take place on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sign up for a time slot to visit the sugar bush and see traditional Native American and Pioneer sugaring methods. At the sugar house, see modern syrup production. The fee is $10 per group of up to six people, and advance registration and payment are required by March 24. Bendix Woods Pure Maple Syrup will be available for purchase.
  5. Sun Mar. 28

    Maple Sugar Stroll - Bendix Woods County Park - Program Filled Maple Sugar Stroll will take place on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sign up for a time slot to visit the sugar bush and see traditional Native American and Pioneer sugaring methods. At the sugar house, see modern syrup production. The fee is $10 per group of up to six people, and advance registration and payment are required by March 24. Bendix Woods Pure Maple Syrup will be available for purchase.
  6. Fri Apr. 2

    Easter Basket Disc Golf - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park: Disc Golf Course *Children ages 12 and under, with an adult. We'll dress up the disc golf baskets to look like Easter baskets and kids can collect a piece of candy at each basket as they play. A socially distant way to get out and have fun with the family! Registration and payment required by March 29. Contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org
  1. Sat Apr. 3

    Easter "O" Hunt - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn *Recommended for children 6 and up. Hop on over and take part in a fun family challenge exploring the park for Easter eggs!! Maps will be available to help you navigate. Afterwards turn the eggs in for candy. Don't forget to bring your Easter basket! Registration and payment required by March 31. To register contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org
  2. Tue Apr. 6

    Hidden Gem Hikes For every packed local trail, there's a hidden gem less traveled. Join us as we visit the lesser-known county park sites and experience new discoveries along the way. Registration is recommended, contact Andrea at 574-654-3155. April 6th - Ferretti/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station April 13th - Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve April 20th - Spicer lake Nature Preserve - Visitor Center April 27th - Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area
  3. Tue Apr. 13

    Hidden Gem Hikes For every packed local trail, there's a hidden gem less traveled. Join us as we visit the lesser-known county park sites and experience new discoveries along the way. Registration is recommended, contact Andrea at 574-654-3155. April 6th - Ferretti/Baugo Creek County Park: Baugo Station April 13th - Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve April 20th - Spicer lake Nature Preserve - Visitor Center April 27th - Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area
  4. Wed Apr. 14

    Boomers and Beyond: Spring Walking Club 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. Registration and payment required by April 12. Contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org. April 14 - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn April 21 - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park - Oak Tree Shelter April 28th - Spicer Lake Nature Preserve - Visitor Center May 5th - Bendix Woods County P...
  5. Thu Apr. 15

    Step into Spring - St. Patrick's County Park - Brown Barn Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of spring at St. Patrick's County Park! We'll walk the scenic park trails and enjoy the bust of colors. Each walk will be approximately 50-60 minutes. Registration is recommended. Contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org.
  6. Sat Apr. 17

    Garlic Mustard Zap! - St. Patrick's County Park - Berta Shelter Parking Lot Let's do the garlic mustard zap! Bring your work gloves and spend the morning removing garlic mustard in the ST. PATRICK'S pine tree letters. Trash bags will be provided. Registration is required, please contact Andrea at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org.
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