Sugar Camp Days Welcomes Visitors

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days festival on March 16 and 17, 2019 to celebrate the maple syrup season. You are invited to tour the sugar bush to see sap being harvested, and visit the sugar house to discover how clear sap is transformed into golden syrup.

The New Carlisle Lions Club will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast both days from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research, and community organizations.

At Sugar Camp Days you can watch historical crafters demonstrate their trades, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and purchase delicious foods made with maple syrup, such as maple sloppy joes, maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy and maple hot dogs. Maple syrup baked goods, maple candy, maple cream and Bendix Woods’ pure maple syrup will also be available for purchase.

Sugar Camp Days hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is an $8/vehicle entrance fee. For more information, please call 574/654-3155 or visit

The main entrance to Bendix Woods County Park is located on Timothy Road in New Carlisle, 8 miles west of the U.S. 31 bypass from the State Road 2 Exit.

Nature Journaling Shake off the cabin fever by getting outdoors and observing nature. A Beginner’s Nature Journaling program will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:30am to noon, in the Harvest Room at St. Patrick’s County Park. Participants will create a journal to take home. We will discuss ways to set up your journal and tips for observing and recording. No prior experience or drawing talent necessary.

The program is appropriate for ages 10 to adult. Fee is $5/person. Registration and payment are required by March 4th at 574/654-3155. Space is limited.

St. Patrick’s County Park is located on Laurel Road, just north of Auten Road in South Bend. For more information or to register, call St. Joseph County Parks at 574/654-3155.

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