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 May 26

    Experience St. Patrick's County Park - CANCELLED DUE TO WATER LEVEL ON THE RIVER Hike begins at 8:00 am Take the total adventure and explore St. Patrick's County Park. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a 3-mile hike and a 4 mile kayak paddle down the St. Joseph River. Recommended for 15 years and older. Registration and payment are required by May 23.
  2. Sat May 26

    Grassland Guided Bird Hike look for and listen to such grassland bird species as Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Henslow's Sparrow and more. Bring binoculars if you have them. Loaners will be available. Registration is required by May 24.
  3. Fri Jun. 1

    Best. Week. Ever. 2018 Best. Week. Ever. is a collection of experiences across South Bend. To celebrate this event and our city, we are offering $5 off canoe and kayak rental all weekend.
  4. Sat Jun. 2 - Sun Jun. 3

    Free Fishing Days Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters on these dates. Free Fishing Days were created by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995 and are designated each year by the director of the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity. Free gate fee for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles. Free Fishing is also available at St. Patrick's County Park.
  5. Sat Jun. 2

    Free Fishing Weekend at St. Patrick's and Ferrettie Baugo/Creek County Parks This weekend only, Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters. Free Fishing Weekend is designated each year by the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity. Free gate fee for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles!
  6. Sat Jun. 2

    Best. Week. Ever. 2018 Best. Week. Ever. is a collection of experiences across South Bend. To celebrate this event and our city, we are offering $5 off canoe and kayak rental all weekend.
  1. Sun Jun. 3

    Free Fishing Weekend at St. Patrick's and Ferrettie Baugo/Creek County Parks This weekend only, Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in Indiana waters. Free Fishing Weekend is designated each year by the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity. Free gate fee for those fishing, just show us your fishing poles!
  2. Sun Jun. 3

    Best. Week. Ever. 2018 Best. Week. Ever. is a collection of experiences across South Bend. To celebrate this event and our city, we are offering $5 off canoe and kayak rental all weekend.
  3. Wed Jun. 6

    Boomers and Beyond: Outdoor Adventure Series Life is meant for good friends and great adventure. Find both as you enjoy your summer with other Boomers, 50 yrs +. Beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the camaraderie while engaging in activities such as: Kayaking, archery, and orienteering. Registration and payment are required by June 1. (Min. 6: Max. 10) Wednesday, June 6, 13 & 27th
  4. Fri Jun. 8

    School's Out Archery Fishing & Kayaking Ages: 9-12 No school today? Then come spend the day outdoors on land and water! Make new friends while trying your hand at archery, fishing and kayaking. Registration and payment are required by June 5. (Min. 5/Max.10)
  5. Sun Jun. 10

    Beginner Canoe & Kayak Lessons Join a certified instruction for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak. All equipment provided. Registration and payment required by June 7. (Min. 5;Max. 12)
  6. Wed Jun. 13

    Good Clean Dirty Fun! Nature Play Day Families, join us for an evening of muddy fun! Muddy fun activities will include mud painting, making mud pies, stomping in the swamp, snacks and more. Wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a towel. This free event is part of the Passport to Play series in collaboration with South Bend Venues Parks & Arts, Mishawaka Parks, Martin's Supermarkets, St. Joseph County Health Department and Reducing Obesity Coalition.
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