County Parks offering fall programs at Bendix Woods

St. Joseph County Parks to Host Boomers and Beyond: Outdoor Wild Life Series – Rediscover Indiana’s “Comeback Creatures” Natural History Series

St. Joseph County Parks is hosting a program series for individuals 50 years of age and better. The program will meet every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (EST) beginning September 6 and ending September 27.

As Indiana celebrates its bicentennial, this four-part series offers participants a unique opportunity to learn some of the surprising history of how humans have impacted wildlife - for good and for ill - in the Hoosier state.

The series begins with “Setting the Stage,” which will describe Indiana habitats and wildlife prior to white settlement.

The following three Tuesdays, discover the truths about the disappearances and reappearances of three of Indiana’s spectacular Comeback Creatures: the beaver, the white-tailed deer and bald eagle.

Programs will take place at each of the St. Joseph County Parks. Program topics and sites are listed below:

September 6: Setting the Stage – Bendix Woods County Park September 13: The Beaver – Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park September 20: The Deer – Spicer Lake Nature Preserve September 27: The Bald Eagle – St. Patrick’s County Park

Program fee is $7/program/participant or $25 for the entire four-week program series. Registration and payment are required the Friday before each program.

For additional program information or to register call Bendix Woods at 574/654-3155.

Park offers Fall Programs for Home School Families

This fall, the St. Joseph County Parks invite home school families to explore field habitats while investigating the mysterious “Case of the Skeleton in the Field”!

Three programs will take place at Bendix Woods County Park from 10 to 11:30am. The fee is $3 per child.

Thursday, September 8: Explore a field habitat, take a census of the creatures that live there, and hunt for the mystery skeleton.

Thursday, October 13: Gather clues about the identity of the mystery skeleton. Discover what group the creature belonged to and how big it was. Thursday, November 10: Measure and compare bones to discover the identity of the mystery skeleton. Make a button as a reward for solving the case!

The programs are geared towards children five to ten years old, although older and younger children are welcome as well. Advance registration is required by the Tuesday prior to the program.

Bendix Woods County Park is located on State Road 2, nine miles west of the US 20 Bypass in South Bend.

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