Aug 14 Sunday
It's the year we turn THIRTY! It's gonna be a big one – we’re celebrating our 30th Harvest Anniversary – 90's style. We’ll be serving up stellar music, the finest in wine, beer, & spirits, and so much more!
Aug 20 Saturday
The Running Wild 5K Run is professionally chip-timed with disposable chips on park wooded and open field trails, park roads, grass, and gravel. The 5K event includes awards for the top 3 finishers in each age category. The 3K Wacky Scavenger Hunt Walk is on similar, relatively flat surfaces. Dogs allowed, on 6-ft. leash, for the WALK ONLY. Individuals or families with leashed dogs will begin at the back of the walk start. Egg bake breakfast with fresh fruit, and our famous homemade granola cookies for registered participants. Terrific door prizes donated by local vendors and the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation and Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake! (Must be present to win.) This year's hand-crafted participant medallion features a Box Turtle (one per registered participant, while supply lasts).
Join the Elkhart Environmental Center for our 25th annual EnviroFest event at Island Park in Elkhart on Saturday, August 20 from 3-9PM! EnviroFest is the region’s largest environmental festival with: vendor and exhibitor booths by environmental/sustainable businesses and organizations, food vendors, silent auction, kids area, local beer tent, canoe rices and more! For details and updates, visit www.elkhartenvirofest.com.
Tickets are $5/family (of any size) and available at elkhart-environmental-center.ticketleap.com/envirofest/. Proceeds from this event support our environmental education efforts in the community throughout the year.
Aug 23 Tuesday
How do nature-based learning experiences support academic learning? Hear from guest speakers, Indiana teachers Jenna Labash and Erika Meyer, who will share their experiences in facilitating outdoor programming within school settings.
Learn how elements of outdoor learning such as sit spots, risky play and place-based learning tie to academic standards in language arts and science, and to school curriculum broadly.
Cost: FreeWhen: Tuesday, Aug. 23 | 4-5 p.m.Where: Virtual
Registration: Required to receive the Zoom linkhttps://www.goshen.edu/merrylea/academic-standards-and-connections-to-curriculum-in-outdoor-programs-webinar/
Aug 27 Saturday
Middlebury Riverfest is an outdoor, interactive event that both entertains and educates kids and the adults in their lives about the nature, the environment, and the value of fresh water. Celebrated on the banks of Middlebury's cold-water trout steam, the Little Elkhart River, Riverfest brings together natural resource educators, outdoor games, arts and crafts as well as fun, interesting events throughout the day designed to allow festival goers to experience the learning at their own pace. The day includes an electro-fishing river sampling where you can meet the residents of our local waters as well as a live animal program by Indiana Wild featuring curious critters from other continents and learn how each depends on water for survival. Humans also need water for life...and for FUN, so free kayak rides down the Little Elkhart will be led by Michiana Paddlers and recycled materials will be available for kids to build their own entries for a boat race sponsored by Middlebury Then and Now. Games, art projects and a free drawing for a kayak round out the day. The event is free for all excluding food and drink purchase from a tasty line-up of food vendors. "Edutainment awaits!
Aug 30 Tuesday
Hear a tale and hike a trail with your preschooler to discover the natural wonders around you together! Children and their caregiver(s) gather for a short story that incites curiosity before exploring different places around Merry Lea. This is a 1.5-hour monthly program designed for children ages 3-5, with younger siblings welcome to join, led by a Merry Lea educator.
Cost: FreeWhen: Tuesday, August 30 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.Location: Farmstead | 2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701
More information: https://www.goshen.edu/merrylea/tales-and-trails-2022/
Cost: FreeLocation: Farmstead | 2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701