Summer Fun at Parks

A FUN-d raising run and family fun walk to benefit St. Joseph County Parks will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park on August 15. Registration is online at RunSignUp.com.

There will be a 5K chip-timed run on a trail course; and a 3K Wacky Nature Scavenger Hunt Walk for all ages! Dogs are allowed on 6-ft leash, for the walk only. The event is organized by the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation and St. Joseph County Parks. Proceeds will go towards park facilities, programs and bus transportation to the parks for school programs.

There will be awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category. T-shirts are available if ordered before August 9. Registration fee is $15 per individual for the 5K. 3K Walk registration is $10 per individual. Families registering for the Walk only can get the “Wild Herd” Discount for 3-4 participants, any age for $30. T-shirts are available for order, during pre-registration only, for an additional $11.00 each. Register and order by August 9th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

The 5K begins at 9am and will have a staggered start time with 25 participants beginning every 5 minutes. The 3K walk begins at 11:30am.

New this year is a Virtual Option! Run at a time and place convenient for you and record your own time. Log your time on the RunSignUp website and you can pick up a participation medallion at the park!

For more information and to register please go to www.sjcparks.org. To volunteer to help with the event please call 574-674-9770.

Park Offers Family Fun Day Camps Missing nature camp this summer? Join park staff for outdoor summer fun at the parks during Family Fun Day Camps at St. Patrick’s County Park! Canoe and kayak on the pond, go fishing, play disc golf, try orienteering and test your observation skills on the Unnatural Trail.

Three Family Fun Day Camps will be offered: Sat., July 11, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Wed., July 15, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Thu., July 23, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come for part of the time, or bring a picnic and stay the day! Wristbands will give you access to all the activities and cost $5/person. On July 11 there will be a parking fee of $4/in-county vehicle and $5/out-of-county vehicle. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and activities are recommended for ages four and up. Many activities will start in the Brown Barn, and all activities are weather permitting.

Restrooms will be available, but drinking fountains remain closed at the county parks, so bring a water bottle! For more information, please call 574-654-3155.

Park Offers Geocache Adventure Lab Explore the outdoors in a new way with a Geocache Adventure lab at Spicer Lake Nature Preserve. The Adventure will take you on a virtual scavenger hunt where you use your phone to find points along the trail and discover “The Icy Story of Spicer Lake” as you go. Look for Geocache Adventure Lab in the app store (it’s free) and search for local adventures.

The Geocache Adventure Lab is a self-guided activity which can be enjoyed any time Spicer Lake Nature Preserve is open, currently 7:30 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends. For more information, please call 654-3155.

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve is located on County Line Road, five miles north of State Road 2 in New Carlisle. There is no admission fee.

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