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Early Learning Center Fall Fun Day

Natural Playground at Granger Commons in Granger, IN
Come to this free, fun-filled autumn day designed for families of preschool children to experience the indoor and outdoor learning environments of the Early Learning Center. Come explore the Natural Playground’s over one acre of fenced-in property, tour our preschool, meet our teachers and learn more about how you can be part of our unique early childhood learning experience.


Bobbing for apples
Face painting
Play in the 45-foot playhouse
Petting animals at a live petting zoo
Explore the children’s garden and dry creek challenge

Tracy Hart

Geocache Chili Dump

St. Patrick's County Park: White Barn Harvest Room South Bend, IN
Fee: $5/person
Bring some chili to contribute to the lunch pot and learn how to use a GPS device on a high-tech “treasure hunt” to find caches at St. Patrick’s and throughout the world! A special geocache course and prizes will be set up just for this event! Bowls, spoons, fixin’s and drinks provided. Registration is required by November 5. To register call 574-654-3155.

Jamie Hartzke574-277-4828

Portraits in The Park

St. Patrick's County Park, South Bend, IN
Fee: $20/family
The colors are changing and it is the perfect season to capture photos of your beautiful family! Professional photographer Joe Colpitts will offer “Portraits in the Park.” Receive a 20-minute photo shoot, one 8x10 portrait and access to portraits to share. Additional photos can be purchased. Sessions are limited and by appointment only. Rain date is Oct 19. Registration and payment are required by Oct 8. To sign up for a time slot call 574-654-3155.

Jamie Hartzke

Studebaker Trees Volunteer Clean-up Day

Bendix Woods County Park: Nature Center New Carlisle, IN
Help us preserve the historic Studebaker Trees! We will be cutting vines, shrubs and small trees within the letters. Please wear long pants, sturdy shoes and a long-sleeved shirt. Also, bring a pair of gloves. If you wish to stay for the entire day, bring a lunch.

Jamie Hartzke

Tai Chi by the Pond

Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park: Moat Room, Osceola, IN
Join a certified “Tai Chi for Health Institute” instructor for Seated Tai Chi by the pond. All movements will be from a seated position and are ideal for those with limited mobility or that prefer not to stand for long periods. Tai Chi emphasizes gentle motions to benefit your health. Class is outdoors; indoors in event of rain. Registration and payment required by Sept. 2. To register call 574/654-3155.
Mondays Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
10 am to 11 am

Jamie Hartzke

Saturday Visitor Hours at Elkhart Environmental Center

1717 East Lusher Avenue Elkhart, IN 46516
Come visit the Elkhart Environmental Center today! The Elkhart Environmental Center features indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Use the boat launch to fish along the Elkhart River, check out the food education garden, or take a walk along the beautiful trails that are open from dawn to dusk. The air-conditioned cabin is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Come inside to refresh, watch birds at the viewing window, check out environmental displays and explore the children’s activity loft. Visit the Elkhart Environmental Center’s website for more information at or call 574-293-5070.

Ericka Popovichphone: (574) 293-5070

Walk-n-Wander Warsaw, The Art of Seward Johnson

Downtown Warsaw, IN
Discover 16 life-size bronze sculptures by world-renowned American Sculptor Seward Johnson. Visit this free outdoor exhibit within walking distance of Warsaw's Courthouse Square. This is Johnson's only exhibit in the Midwest this summer. Download a brochure with map at, or call 800-800-6090.

Michelle Bormet, 574-372-9595