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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Stormwater is the only growing source of water pollution in our nation and adding illicit discharges to the mix just doesn’t help. A big thank you to City staff and departments for helping prevents, identify and at times clean up a handful of illicit discharges over the past month. Remember,... more


Thursday, September 19, 2019

The following is a press release from the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership: The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership, in collaboration with numerous community organizations, is launching a Brand Development Project for the region. The goal of this project is to develop a brand and marketing... more


Thursday, September 19, 2019

The City will close the intersection of Jackson and 9th Street beginning Friday, Sept. 20 around noon, to install a table top intersection. This is where the trail crosses from one side to the other and the table top intersection will make this crossing more visible to the traveling public. The... more

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Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, September 23, 2019, 7:00pm

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 4:00pm

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, September 30, 2019, 2:00pm


I Dig Dinosaurs

During these “digs” the junior paleontologists will experience the wonder of excavating fossils, piecing them together and learning about the mysteries of our living past. Program registration includes skeleton, hammer, chisel and fact sheet. Each dig has different subjects, so enjoy the programs with all new materials and learn the similarities and differences among the featured creatures each session.

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am 
Location: Rieth Interpretive Center
Fee: $20.00/per program
Ages: 4+ (ages 5 and under must be accompnied by an adult)

Summer Dates & Themes

June 1: Woolly Mammoth
June 8: Tryrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor
June 15: Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus
June 22: Triceratops and Stegosaurus
June 29: Flying Monsters—Dsungaripterus, Pteranodon, Pterosaur and Tropeognathus

Fall Dates and Themes

August 31: Woolly Mammoth
September 7: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor
September 14: Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus
September 21: Triceratops and Stegosaurus

I Try Sailing

This nautical program is a free introductory sailing clinic for kids ages 8–15. Come see what it takes to sail and discover a new interest! This is a great introduction to our Sailing Camp. Students must be able to swim. Equipment and materials provided. If planning to attend, please notify the Park Office at 534-2901 by June 6.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 8 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Fidler Pond Park
Fee: Free
Ages: 8-15

Sailing Camp

This camp is focused on introducing kids ages 8–15 to the sport of sailing. The camp teaches a new skill base consisting of nautical terminology, parts of a sailboat, knot tying and teamwork. Plus, there is water sailing time. This camp empowers boys and girls to do great things on their own. The camp will offer students meaningful opportunities for building self-confidence and self-discovery while cultivating an appreciation of our natural resources. It brings young people to the outdoors, connecting them with nature to measure wind speed and direction and to be aware of weather conditions. Pre-registration is required and being accepted through June 14.

Dates: June 17-21
Times: Ages 13-15: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Ages 8-12: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Fidler Pond Park | 1424 Lincolnway E.
Fee: $110.00
Ages: 8-15

Princess Experience Camp

Would you like to be a princess? Well, m’lady, join this class and be transformed! Enjoy learning about princesses by listening to stories, playing games and making princess crafts. Decorate your own crown, make a sparkly necklace, dance and swirl in your tutu! Practice tea party etiquette and walking with poise.

Dates/Time: June 10–14 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Rieth Interpretive Center
Fee: $60.00
Ages: 4-7

Pirate Experience Camp, Arrrr!

Who wants to become a pirate? Come for a fun week of pirate adventures! Experience the world of pirates through stories, games and take-home crafts. Pirates will get a (temporary) tattoo, learn to read a treasure map, assemble an eye patch and swashbuckling (foam) sword, walk the plank and more. All materials provided; kids just need to bring their curiosity! 

Dates/Time: June 17–21 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Rieth Interpretive Center
Fee: $60.00
Ages: 4-7

I Try Scuba

Ever wonder what it’s like to take a breath underwater? Or what it’s like to be a fish? Join dive instructor Greg Stone and other master divers who will be on hand to let you experience the underwater world. All equipment will be provided. Bring your swimsuit and towel, and be ready to get wet. This one-day introduction to scuba (which stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) is just $5! Pre-registration is required. 

Dates: May 25 & July 6
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Shanklin Pool
Fee: $5.00/session
Ages: 10+

Scuba Class

Learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including equipment selection, how water pressure affects you when diving, planning your dives and safety. Upon completing the two-day course—or when a level of proficiency is achieved— participants will schedule four open-water dives with the instructor. Divers ages 15 and older who complete the course and open-water dives will earn PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver certification. Individuals ages 10–14 are eligible to achieve Junior Open Water certification. Equipment will be provided except for mask, snorkel, fins and boots. These may be rented ($50)—or you may bring your own. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: July 27–28 | Register by Friday, July 19
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Shanklin Pool
Fee: $300.00/session (includes two day course, textbook, four open-water dives and additional instruction if needed)
Ages: 10+
Note: Please bring a swimsuit, towel, water bottle, textbook and equipment to each class. 

Art Camp

This stimulating art study course is taught utilizing various art materials, as well as incorporating the study of nature. The class instructor will capture campers’ interest, guiding both their aspirations and inspirations! 

Dates/Time: July 15-19 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Rieth Interpretive Center
Fee: $45.00
Ages: 6-10

Beginning Fly Fishing

Learn when and why fly fishing is the right tool for the task. Gain an understanding of what weight fly rod and fly line to use for various types of fishing. Learn a little bit about leaders and tippets, as well as line and fly types, fly tying, basic knots, bugs, and fly fishing safety and etiquette. Instruction will include basic casting techniques and the five casting principles that will help you become more proficient in handling different casting situations. Fly casting is not difficult, but it does use different motions than other types of fishing. Equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required. 

Date/Time: August 3 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Fidler Pond Park
Fee: $15.00
Ages: 11+

To view current programs and activities, please consult the 2019 Program Guide

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