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. Sun Jun. 25

    Michiana Paddlefest Paddlefest canoe and kayak events are geared toward both beginner and advanced paddling abilities. Races are held for all ages. This event is sponsored by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks. For more information on this special event, visit www.sjcparks.org.
  2. Wed Jul. 12

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Turkeys Did you know that turkeys can swim? Discover more about the biggest bird in the park!
  3. Sun Jul. 16

    Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons Join a certified instructor for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak. All equipment provided. Registration and payment are required by July 12.
  4. Wed Jul. 19

    WEO: Butterfly House Trip Transportation provided. Get up close and personal with butterflies! The unique outdoor butterfly house at Sarett Nature Center (north of Benton Harbor, MI) displays native butterflies and blooming nectar plants. We’ll learn about butterflies and moths from a Naturalist and have plenty of time to view the amazing display of color. Bring a sack lunch. We will return at 4pm. Rain date scheduled for July 26.
  5. Wed Jul. 19

    Archery Lesson Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by July 14.
  6. Thu Jul. 20

    Trail Running Workshop Series - Advanced Beginner Get your feet on the trails and get ready for Running Wild 5k trail race on August 19, 2017. No experience on the trails required, but must be able to run 2-3 miles. You will learn core and strength exercises plus dynamic stretching targeted to improve trail running. The course runs 5 weeks July 20 - August 17, every Thursday. Class cancelled/rescheduled for heavy downpour or lightening
  1. Wed Aug. 2

    Wild Wednesdays at the Playground - Coyotes Did you know that coyotes love to eat mice, rabbits, apples and strawberries? Find out more about these adaptable creatures!
  2. Sat Aug. 5

    Youth Canoe and Kayak Lessons Ages 10-15 This is a great lesson for those looking to get their kids comfortable in and around the water. A certified instructor will work on basic water safety, basic strokes and techniques, and most importantly… how to have fun! All equipment provided. Registration and payment are required by August 2.
  3. Mon Aug. 7

    Ultimate Warrior Camp Boys and Girls Entering Grades 3-6 St. Joseph County Parks is partnering with Jump Starts Sports to offer a week of fitness, fun and “Survivor” type team challenges! Kids will stay busy with obstacle courses, relays, disc golf, canoeing and many other fun activities. Register online by entering our zip code, 46637 at jumpstartsports.com.
  4. Sat Aug. 12

    Sunset Canoe Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and experience the serenity and wildlife of the evening river. All equipment and basic instruction will be provided. Not recommended for children 3 and under. Registration and payment are required by August 9.
  5. Sun Aug. 13

    Ready, Set, Eclipse! Join the Michiana Astronomical Society to prepare for the August 21 solar eclipse. Learn all about eclipses, make a pinhole projector for safe eclipse-watching and view the sun through a telescope with a solar filter. Special eclipse-viewing glasses and sunshiny treats will be available for purchase. Registration is required by Friday, August 11.
  6. Wed Aug. 16

    Archery Lesson Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult. Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required by August 11.
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