Mark your calendar

Events

Family fun days, festivals, nature walks and so much more!

Previous Month
Next Month
Loading more events...

May 1

Wednesday Bird Walk: Bonneyville

May 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All

Wednesday Bird Walk: Bonneyville

May 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Celebrate the arrival of spring by joining us for an exciting walk seeking birds at the peak of migration! This will be a chance to experience some of the best birding of the year as we encounter warblers, vireos, kinglets, and other seasonal delights in bright plumage and full song. The group will head out at 8 a.m., so please plan travel time accordingly.

May 4

Spring Plant Exchange

May 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Location DeFries Gardens
More info Cost: FREE Ages: All

Spring Plant Exchange

May 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Celebrate spring and exchange any healthy plants, bulbs, seeds, etc. with other local gardeners. Plants must be potted and labels will be provided. Bring your garden surplus and trade for something new!

May 7

Nature Nuts: Fireflies

May 7, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 05/04/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child, $3/additional sibling (Limit 12) Ages: 3–5

Nature Nuts: Fireflies

May 7, 2019 at 9:30 AM

– SOLD OUT – Learn through crafts, story, and games, what makes our state insect so cool!

May 9

Atlatl Night

May 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: FREE Ages: All

Atlatl Night

May 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Hunt like people did 10,000 years ago! Atlatls were developed by Paleo people to throw spears further and faster than what they could do with their arms. After a brief history of the tool, you’ll get your chance to try it out for yourself and see if you would be a good Paleo hunter!

May 11

Hard Red Flour Bake Day

May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: FREE Ages: All

Hard Red Flour Bake Day

May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Bonneyville Mill produces stoneground flour the same way it has for more than 180 years. This summer, we are highlighting some of the unique products the mill makes. In May the focus is on hard red wheat. Come and see the entire progression of unprocessed hard red wheat through finished baked products. Learn what makes hard red wheat flour different from other flours and sample several dishes baked with it!

May 12

Wild Edibles

May 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Preregister By 05/10/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Black Maple Shelter
More info Cost: $5/person Ages: All

Wild Edibles

May 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT* Spring presents a wonderful array of delicious wild edibles just ripe for the picking. Join a naturalist and enjoy Mother Nature at her best. A sampling of these delicious springtime delicacies will include fried dandelions, wild leek with bacon, stinging nettle soup and delicious wild tea. Come for the food, stay for the hike.

May 15

Yoga in the Parks

May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Preregister By 05/14/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: $10/person Ages: 14+
Register now

Yoga in the Parks

May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join Registered Yoga Teacher Amanda for an hour of empowering yoga in the parks. Enjoy guided practice welcoming of all skill levels in a relaxing park environment. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water and their own mats – a limited number of mats will be available for use.

May 17

Cobus Creek Campout

May 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 05/10/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: $15/camper or $50/family Ages: All
Register now

Cobus Creek Campout

May 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Bring your friends and family on an overnight adventure. Enjoy an evening wildlife hike, treats over the fire and other naturalist-led activities. Breakfast and lunch provided on Saturday. Tents available if needed. Event runs 6pm Friday – 1pm Saturday.

May 18

Pancake Breakfast

May 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

More info Cost: $6.00/person

Pancake Breakfast

May 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Bonneyville Mill is open for the season and we’re throwing a pancake breakfast to celebrate! The kick off event will feature a complete breakfast, including drinks, sausage, maple syrup, and pancakes made from Bonneyville Mill’s own stone-ground buckwheat flour. Yum, yum, yum!

May 18

Plein Air Watercolor Painting

May 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Preregister By 05/15/2019 12:00 am
Location DeFries Gardens
More info Cost: $30/person Ages: 14+
Register now

Plein Air Watercolor Painting

May 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Learn the joy of watercolor painting in a workshop led by local artist Emily Austin. Emily will share the fundamentals of watercolor painting and lead students in the creation of a plein air piece based on the scenery at DeFries Gardens.

Because much is up to personal preference, supplies will not be provided. Emily recommends bringing the following supplies:

A set of watercolor paints, at least 12 colors. Emily recommends buying the type of watercolor paints that come in tubes. Reeves is a good brand for beginners and Winsor and Newton’s Cotman Water Colour line is recommended for more experience painters.

Examples: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XHN688M

https://www.amazon.com/Winsor-Newton-Cotman-Sketchers-14-Pieces/dp/B00004THXI/

One or two brushes. Short handled brushes are best. Look for a size 4 or 6 round brush or a 1/4″ angle brush.

Watercolor paper block. 6″ x 9″ or 8″ x 10″. Larger sheets are good too, but smaller ones are easier to work with outside. Bee Paper is a good brand. Look for a set called a “block” or labeled as “bound” on all sides.

Pencil and eraser.

Cup or jar for holding water. About one quart in size.

Lawn chair, blanket, or stool. Tables and chairs will be provided, but students may prefer to sit on the ground or on their own seating option.

May 18

Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Preregister By 05/15/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: FREE Ages: Adult
Register now

Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Assist park staff on a mission to remove invasive plants, such as bush honeysuckle and multiflorarose from the property.

May 21

Hiking Club: Bonneyville Mill

May 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 05/20/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: FREE Ages: All
Register now

Hiking Club: Bonneyville Mill

May 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Join the Hiking Club and learn about the abundant trails and amenities offered by the Elkhart County Parks. Hiking Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Each month Hiking Club meets at a different location and experiences a new trail. Sign up once and enjoy the entire 2019 schedule of hikes. In Maywe will Hike a loop trail at Bonneyville Mill County Park.This trail is 2 miles in length. The terrain is slightly hilly.

May 21

Nature Readers Book Club

May 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 05/18/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: FREE Ages: All
Register now

Nature Readers Book Club

May 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Nature Readers will discuss Diana of the Dunes by Janet Zenke Edwards, the true story of Alice Gray trading her life in Chicago in 1915, for a solitary journey in the remote sand hills along Lake Michigan. Come prepared to discuss the book with others.

May 23

Farm to Fork

May 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Preregister By 05/20/2019 12:00 am
Location Church Community Services, 907 Oakland Ave Elkhart, IN
More info Cost: FREE Ages: 6+
Register now

Farm to Fork

May 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

There are a number of community food gardens around Elkhart County – many of which are branches of Seed to Feed, an initiative through Church Community Services. Join Seed to Feed coordinator Chelsea Risser on a guided tour of one of the gardens to learn more about the program’s start and the role it plays in food security throughout Elkhart County.

May 23

Tails to Trails

May 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: FREE Ages: All

Tails to Trails

May 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Join a naturalist and explore Cobus Creek County Park through your dog’s eyes. Dogs walk at their own paces so signs will be placed along the path to find your way or stroll with the group. Water and doggy bags will be available for all dogs. All dogs must be on a leash and controlled at all times.

May 23

Stories of Elkhart: Paleo to Potawatomi

May 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: FREE Ages: All

Stories of Elkhart: Paleo to Potawatomi

May 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join Mark Schurr, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, for a presentation on what we know about the Paleo, Archaic and Woodland periods in Elkhart County. Learn how researchers uncover the past and see what remains to be discovered.

Follow us on Instagram