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Then, Now, and Always... The St. Joseph River Story

Then, Now, and Always... The St. Joseph River Story

Celebrate the St. Joe

TV Airdate

Channel 34.1 on September 9th, 2021 at 8:00pm


Premiere (at local venues):

August 28th, 2021. See locations


River Events

Find events along the river here

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About The Documentary

WNIT tells the story of the St. Joseph River, including the people, history, and life along this storied river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. We celebrate how it has shaped the region and continues to be an integral part of our community.


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Learn and Partipate

Find things to do in your community

Explore the River Events Activities

Where to watch (local venues)

This program will air on September 9th, 2021 but you can catch it at one of these locations:

DateWhereLink
August 28, 2021 Berrien Springs, MI - Berrien Springs Library
August 28, 2021 Bristol, IN - Bristol Public Library at 2pm More Information
August 28, 2021 Buchanan, MI - Buchanan Art Museum, 4pm
September 2, 2021 Elkhart, IN - Elkhart Enviromental Center 4pm
August 28, 2021 Hillsdale, MI - Mrs Stock's Park at dusk More Information
August 30, 2021 Jonesville, MI - Jonesville District Library 5+6+7pm
August 28, 2021 Jonesville, MI - Carl Fast Park at dusk More Information
August 28, 2021 Mishawaka, IN - Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (Main branch meeting room) at 3pm More Information
August 28, 2021 Niles, MI - Niles District Library, community Room 11am
August 28, 2021 South Bend, IN - History Museum, Wiekamp Auditorium, 11am
August 28, 2021 South Bend, IN - Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river More Information
August 28, 2021 South Bend, IN - St. Patrick's County Park: River Ramble and Brown Barn More Information
August 28, 2021 St Joseph, MI - Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 7pm More Information
August 28, 2021 Three Rivers, MI - Covered Bridge Farm at 4:30pm
August 28, 2021 Union City, Michigan - Rick Mears Amphitheater at dusk More Information
August 28, 2021 Village of Mendon - Reed River Park at dusk

Note: This list isn't final and will be continued to be updated.

Celebrate the St. Joe

There are things happening all along the river, near your community. You can find places to learn about your communities and people by partipating in events.

Explore The River

Upcoming Events

Celebrate the St. Joe River by partipating in these events

Events Coming up soon:

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks.

    Ongoing event

    Elkhart, IN

    Ruthmere FREE Smartphone App - "History Hike for Fitness" - Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks. Loop crosses St. Joe twice.

  • Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

    Ongoing event

    Buchanan, MI

    Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July

    Ongoing event

    Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties

    Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    August 3, 2021 - August 3, 2021

    Hillsdale, MI

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=148585041834541

  • St. Joe River coloring contest at the Bristol Public Library - July 1st to July 30th, August 6th

    July 1, 2021 - August 6, 2021

    Bristol, IN

    St. Joe River coloring contest at the Bristol Public Library. Pick up an official coloring sheet at the library between July 1-July 30. Four age groups: Pre-K & K, 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade. Deadline to enter the contest is August 6, with judging by the Bristol Library Board. Prizes TBA. All coloring pages entered will be on display at the library from August 23-September 10.

  • Riverfest - Live Music On The Waterfront - Benton Harbor August 6th & 7th

    August 6, 2021 - August 7, 2021

    Benton Harbor, MI

    https://www.facebook.com/RiverfestBH/

    Get your tickets now for THE event of the summer brought to you by the City Of Benton Harbor this August 6 & 7! Live music from Benton Harbor and our area neighbors, 27 artists and food vendors, free circus camps for kids by CircEsteem and the Riverfest 5K Run! Performers include Niki Haris Official, The Andrew Fisher Quartet - AFQ, Work In Progress, Chicago's One and Only Thriller Rico Michael Jackson, Sankofa, St. Joe Jack, Erick Oneal Fisher Saxophonist, Teen Rapper Zha Zha, and SciFi Radio! Thank you to our sponsors Whirlpool, Honor Credit Union, Lake Michigan College, Signature Dealer Group, Silver Beach Pizza, Happy Poochie Eatery, The Minority Contractors of Benton Harbor and WVBH Power 105.3FM for making this event possible!

  • North Webster Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit

    June 26, 2021 - August 7, 2021

    North Webster, IN

    The exhibit entitled, Water/Ways, is a salute to the role water plays in our lives and will be on display inside the library June 26 – August 7. North Webster is the first stop on the exhibit’s six-community tour throughout Indiana. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge during normal library hours. In addition, special educational events will be held in conjunction to the exhibit. 
     
    More information here: http://www.nweb.lib.in.us/waterways/index.html

  • Summer on the St. Joe

    August 10, 2021

    South Bend, IN

    Tuesday, August 10, 10:30am to 12:00pm
    St. Patrick’s County Park: River Ramble
    Free
    Finish off the summer holidays with a special outdoor event featuring the St. Joseph River. Enjoy stories, crafts, and river-themed activities provided by staff from the parks and the St. Joseph County Public Library. 
    https://www.facebook.com/sjcparks/

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    August 10, 2021 - August 10, 2021

    Hillsdale, MI

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=148585041834541

  • Niles History Walks Fort St. Joseph - Wednesday, August 11th | 10 AM

    August 11, 2021 - August 11, 2021

    Niles, MI

    Wednesday, August 11th | 10 AM |
    Tour
     leaves from Riverfront Park South | All Ages
     
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Riverfront+Park+South/@41.8177146,-86.2581099,17z/data=!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sSouth+Riverfront+park+niles+mI!3m5!1s0x0:0x44fb8c927abf6c4d!8m2!3d41.8177145!4d-86.256562!15sCh5Tb3V0aCBSaXZlcmZyb250IHBhcmsgbmlsZXMgbUmSAQRwYXJr

    Take a stroll through time as we explore the nationally recognized archaeological site of Fort St. Joseph and learn about the important role this complex played in the fur trade during the eighteenth century. Admission is free! Space
     is limited, please register by contacting the Niles District Library at 269-683-8545 or email programming@nileslibrary.net.

    Tour Highlights Include: Father Allouez Cross, Fort St. Joseph Boulder, and Archaeology Site
    This tour is a collaboration between the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Niles History Center, and the Niles District Library.

  • Pete DeKever "When Mishawaka Was the Power City" via Zoom

    August 12, 2021 - August 12, 2021

    Mishawaka, IN

    August 12th, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom.
     
    Pete DeKever Presents ""When Mishawaka Was the Power City""","Blog post on our website"

  • Youth Photo Contest Age groups and 12 .

    May 21, 2021 - August 13, 2021

    Niles, MI

    Celebrate the St. Joe NDL Youth Photo Contest for ages 6 -18.

    Take a photo of the St. Joseph River, capturing the beauty and importance of the river to the communities along its banks. A total of two prizes will be awarded one for each age group


    6-11 and 12-18. All photos need to be submitted by August 14th. All submissions will be on display from August 16th through September 30th in the Youth Services area. One submission is allowed per participant. Present one 8'x10' photo to the Youth Services desk, include a title on the back of your photo.

  • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds

    August 14, 2021

    Benton Harbor, MI

    https://www.maryscityofdavid.org/1158 E Britain Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

  • Photo Contest: Celebrate the St. Joe

    June 21, 2021 - August 20, 2021

    Berrien Springs, MI

    Download PDF 

    Photo Contest: Celebrate the St. Joe

    •     Photos submitted June 21-August 20, 2021, winners announced week of August 30, 2021
    •    Age groups: 12 and under, 13-17, and 18+
    •    Contact: Kristina Knezic, 269-471-7074, kknezic@bsclibrary.org
    •     Contest brochure attached

  • Mendon River Fest - August 20th & 21st - Reed River Park

    August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021

    Mendon, MI

    This event celebrates the village and the river and has been for 34 years. It attracts people from all over the county.

    Activities include:

    • Fishing contest
    • Canoe Race
    • Canoe Swamp
    • Duck Race
    • Toy Boat decoration and race
    • Parade
    • Free giveaway drawing for several prizes
    • Food Vendors
    • Fireman's BBQ
    • Crafters
    • Kids games and entertainment
    • Live Music
    • Beer Tent
    • Fireworks (rain date will be Aug 28th the night of the premier).

  • Documentary Premiere - Mishawaka, IN - Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (Main branch meeting room) at 3pm

    August 28, 2021

    Mishawaka, IN

    https://www.mphpl.org/

  • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - St. Patrick's County Park: River Ramble and Brown Barn

    August 28, 2021

    South Bend, IN

    Saturday, August 28, 5:30 to 9:30pm St. Patrick’s County Park: River Ramble and Brown Barn Free Watch Then, Now and Always…The St. Joseph River Story (a WNIT documentary premier) on the bank of the river itself! Explore the River Ramble and enjoy food, kids’ crafts, river animal family activities, and an owl prowl.

  • Documentary Premiere - Three Rivers, MI - Covered Bridge Farm at 4:30pm

    August 28, 2021

    Three Rivers, MI

  • Documentary Premiere - Hillsdale, MI - Mrs Stock's Park at dusk

    August 28, 2021

    Hillsdale, MI

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=148585041834541

  • Documentary Premiere - Buchanan, MI - Buchanan Art Museum, 4pm

    August 28, 2021

    Buchanan, MI

  • Documentary Premiere - St Joseph, MI - Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 7pm

    August 28, 2021

    St. Joseph, MI

    Please join The City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Maud Preston Palenske Memorial
    Library, and The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in this collaborative
    celebration including a red-carpet documentary premiere, historical speaker, and
    afterglow party. Doors open at 6:00 PM. General admission is open to the
    public.

  • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river

    August 28, 2021

    South Bend, IN

    Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river

     

  • Documentary Premiere - Village of Mendon - Reed River Park at dusk

    August 28, 2021

    Mendon, MI

  • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - History Museum, Wiekamp Auditorium, 11am

    August 28, 2021

    South Bend, IN

  • Documentary Premiere - Union City, Michigan - Rick Mears Amphitheater at dusk

    August 28, 2021

    Union City, MI

    For a full schedule click here:
    https://www.wnit.org/celebratethestjoe/files/union_city_schedule.pdf

  • Documentary Premiere - Jonesville, MI - Carl Fast Park at dusk

    August 28, 2021

    Jonesville, MI

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=196958557023455

  • Documentary Premiere - Berrien Springs, MI - Berrien Springs Library

    August 28, 2021

    Berrien Springs, MI

  • Documentary Premiere - Bristol, IN - Bristol Public Library at 2pm

    August 28, 2021

    Bristol, IN

    https://bristolpubliclibrary.org/

  • Jonesville District Library - Photo/Art Display

    August 23, 2021 - August 28, 2021

    Jonesville, MI

  • NDL Youth Services Event.

    August 28, 2021

    Niles, MI

    NDL Youth Services Event. Water table activities join us outside next to the picnic table for an afternoon for fun.Saturday, August 28th from 12pm (noon) - 3pm. For more information contact Youthservices@nileslibrary.net.

  • Documentary Premiere - Niles, MI - Niles District Library, community Room 11am

    August 28, 2021

    Niles, MI

  • Doc Premiere - St Joseph, MI - Box Factory for the Arts

    August 29, 2021

    St. Joseph, MI

  • Documentary Premiere - Jonesville, MI - Jonesville District Library 5+6+7pm

    August 30, 2021

    Jonesville, MI

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

    Niles, MI

    Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

    Buchanan, MI

    Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

    Berrien County, MI, USA

    Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

    Berrien Springs, MI

    Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

    Benton Harbor, MI

    Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)

  • Documentary Premiere - Elkhart, IN - Elkhart Enviromental Center 4pm

    September 2, 2021

    Elkhart, IN

  • Niles History Walks: Rails to Trails -

    September 3, 2021 - September 3, 2021

    Niles, MI

    Friday, September 3rd | 10 AM | Tour leaves from Riverfront  Amphitheater | All Ages
    Join the Niles History Center and Niles District Library on Friday, September 3 at 10:00 am for a stroll along the St. Joseph River and learn about the important role this waterway played in the development of the community. Historic photos are shown throughout the walk. 
    The tour meets at the  Riverfront Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. Space is limited, please register by contacting the Niles District Library  at 269-683-8545 or email programming@nileslibrary.net.

    This tour is a collaboration between the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Niles History Center, and the Niles District Library. 

  • Photography & painting exhibit at the Bristol Public Library - August 23 to September 10th

    August 23, 2021 - September 10, 2021

    Bristol, IN

    August 23 - September 10: Photography & painting exhibit at the Bristol Public Library. Residents are encouraged to bring in their personal photographs and paintings to display for others to enjoy!

  • Art exhibit at Sky Level July 23 - Sept 11

    July 23, 2021 - September 11, 2021

    St. Joseph, MI

    The Box Factory for the Arts is proud to announce its second “Pop Up Show” in 2021. The exhibit—“At the River’s End”—will showcase the St. Joseph River through the eyes of the artists of the Berrien Artist Guild.

    The exhibit will run from July 23 to September 12 in the Box’s new Skyview gallery on the third floor. The Box and the exhibit will be featured in an upcoming WNIT documentary “Then, Now, and Always” about the St. Joseph River. The WNIT documentary will have a St. Joseph premiere on August 28 and a broadcast premiere on September 9.

     

  • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds

    September 11, 2021

    Benton Harbor, MI

    https://www.maryscityofdavid.org/1158 E Britain Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

  • Celebrate the St. Joe Art Exhibit at Niles District Library

    August 23, 2021 - October 23, 2021

    Niles, MI

    The exhibit will be on display from August 23 - October 23. For more detailed information contact Andrea.burns@nileslibrary.net or 269-683-8545x116.

  • An Exhibition: In Celebration of the Might St. Joseph River. Fridays August 6th through November 19th at the St. Joseph Co. Historical Society

    August 6, 2021 - November 19, 2021

    Three Rivers, MI

    August 6 - November 19th Fridays 10:00-4:00

  • History Museum - Power, Production, and Pioneers: The St. Joseph River

    August 28, 2021 - April 3, 2022

    South Bend, IN


Events By Town/Community:

  • St. Joseph, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Documentary Premiere - St Joseph, MI - Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 7pm
      August 28, 2021
      Please join The City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Maud Preston Palenske Memorial
      Library, and The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in this collaborative
      celebration including a red-carpet documentary premiere, historical speaker, and
      afterglow party. Doors open at 6:00 PM. General admission is open to the
      public.
    • Doc Premiere - St Joseph, MI - Box Factory for the Arts
      August 29, 2021
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
      Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)
    • Art exhibit at Sky Level July 23 - Sept 11
      July 23, 2021 - September 11, 2021
      The Box Factory for the Arts is proud to announce its second “Pop Up Show” in 2021. The exhibit—“At the River’s End”—will showcase the St. Joseph River through the eyes of the artists of the Berrien Artist Guild.

      The exhibit will run from July 23 to September 12 in the Box’s new Skyview gallery on the third floor. The Box and the exhibit will be featured in an upcoming WNIT documentary “Then, Now, and Always” about the St. Joseph River. The WNIT documentary will have a St. Joseph premiere on August 28 and a broadcast premiere on September 9.

       
  • South Bend, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Summer on the St. Joe
      August 10, 2021
      Tuesday, August 10, 10:30am to 12:00pm
      St. Patrick’s County Park: River Ramble
      Free
      Finish off the summer holidays with a special outdoor event featuring the St. Joseph River. Enjoy stories, crafts, and river-themed activities provided by staff from the parks and the St. Joseph County Public Library. 
      https://www.facebook.com/sjcparks/
    • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - St. Patrick's County Park: River Ramble and Brown Barn
      August 28, 2021
      Saturday, August 28, 5:30 to 9:30pm St. Patrick’s County Park: River Ramble and Brown Barn Free Watch Then, Now and Always…The St. Joseph River Story (a WNIT documentary premier) on the bank of the river itself! Explore the River Ramble and enjoy food, kids’ crafts, river animal family activities, and an owl prowl.
    • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river
      August 28, 2021

      Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river

       

    • Documentary Premiere - South Bend, IN - History Museum, Wiekamp Auditorium, 11am
      August 28, 2021
    • History Museum - Power, Production, and Pioneers: The St. Joseph River
      August 28, 2021 - April 3, 2022
  • Niles, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Niles History Walks Fort St. Joseph - Wednesday, August 11th | 10 AM
      August 11, 2021 - August 11, 2021
      Wednesday, August 11th | 10 AM |
      Tour
       leaves from Riverfront Park South | All Ages
       
      https://www.google.com/maps/place/Riverfront+Park+South/@41.8177146,-86.2581099,17z/data=!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sSouth+Riverfront+park+niles+mI!3m5!1s0x0:0x44fb8c927abf6c4d!8m2!3d41.8177145!4d-86.256562!15sCh5Tb3V0aCBSaXZlcmZyb250IHBhcmsgbmlsZXMgbUmSAQRwYXJr

      Take a stroll through time as we explore the nationally recognized archaeological site of Fort St. Joseph and learn about the important role this complex played in the fur trade during the eighteenth century. Admission is free! Space
       is limited, please register by contacting the Niles District Library at 269-683-8545 or email programming@nileslibrary.net.

      Tour Highlights Include: Father Allouez Cross, Fort St. Joseph Boulder, and Archaeology Site
      This tour is a collaboration between the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Niles History Center, and the Niles District Library.
    • Youth Photo Contest Age groups and 12 .
      May 21, 2021 - August 13, 2021
      Celebrate the St. Joe NDL Youth Photo Contest for ages 6 -18.

      Take a photo of the St. Joseph River, capturing the beauty and importance of the river to the communities along its banks. A total of two prizes will be awarded one for each age group


      6-11 and 12-18. All photos need to be submitted by August 14th. All submissions will be on display from August 16th through September 30th in the Youth Services area. One submission is allowed per participant. Present one 8'x10' photo to the Youth Services desk, include a title on the back of your photo.
    • NDL Youth Services Event.
      August 28, 2021
      NDL Youth Services Event. Water table activities join us outside next to the picnic table for an afternoon for fun.Saturday, August 28th from 12pm (noon) - 3pm. For more information contact Youthservices@nileslibrary.net.
    • Documentary Premiere - Niles, MI - Niles District Library, community Room 11am
      August 28, 2021
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
      Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)
    • Niles History Walks: Rails to Trails -
      September 3, 2021 - September 3, 2021
      Friday, September 3rd | 10 AM | Tour leaves from Riverfront  Amphitheater | All Ages
      Join the Niles History Center and Niles District Library on Friday, September 3 at 10:00 am for a stroll along the St. Joseph River and learn about the important role this waterway played in the development of the community. Historic photos are shown throughout the walk. 
      The tour meets at the  Riverfront Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. Space is limited, please register by contacting the Niles District Library  at 269-683-8545 or email programming@nileslibrary.net.

      This tour is a collaboration between the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Niles History Center, and the Niles District Library. 
    • Celebrate the St. Joe Art Exhibit at Niles District Library
      August 23, 2021 - October 23, 2021
      The exhibit will be on display from August 23 - October 23. For more detailed information contact Andrea.burns@nileslibrary.net or 269-683-8545x116.
  • Buchanan, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library
      Ongoing event
      Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library
    • Documentary Premiere - Buchanan, MI - Buchanan Art Museum, 4pm
      August 28, 2021
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
      Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)
  • Berrien Springs, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Photo Contest: Celebrate the St. Joe
      June 21, 2021 - August 20, 2021
      Download PDF 

      Photo Contest: Celebrate the St. Joe
      •     Photos submitted June 21-August 20, 2021, winners announced week of August 30, 2021
      •    Age groups: 12 and under, 13-17, and 18+
      •    Contact: Kristina Knezic, 269-471-7074, kknezic@bsclibrary.org
      •     Contest brochure attached
    • Documentary Premiere - Berrien Springs, MI - Berrien Springs Library
      August 28, 2021
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
      Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app. to find places and things in parks along the river in Berrien County. Month of August. (Coordinated by Berrien Co Parks)
  • Benton Harbor, MI

  • Mishawaka, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Pete DeKever "When Mishawaka Was the Power City" via Zoom
      August 12, 2021 - August 12, 2021
      August 12th, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom.
       
      Pete DeKever Presents ""When Mishawaka Was the Power City""","Blog post on our website"
    • Documentary Premiere - Mishawaka, IN - Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (Main branch meeting room) at 3pm
      August 28, 2021
      https://www.mphpl.org/
  • Elkhart, IN

    • Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks.
      Ongoing event
      Ruthmere FREE Smartphone App - "History Hike for Fitness" - Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks. Loop crosses St. Joe twice.
    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • Documentary Premiere - Elkhart, IN - Elkhart Enviromental Center 4pm
      September 2, 2021
  • Bristol, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
    • St. Joe River coloring contest at the Bristol Public Library - July 1st to July 30th, August 6th
      July 1, 2021 - August 6, 2021
      St. Joe River coloring contest at the Bristol Public Library. Pick up an official coloring sheet at the library between July 1-July 30. Four age groups: Pre-K & K, 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade. Deadline to enter the contest is August 6, with judging by the Bristol Library Board. Prizes TBA. All coloring pages entered will be on display at the library from August 23-September 10.
    • Documentary Premiere - Bristol, IN - Bristol Public Library at 2pm
      August 28, 2021
      https://bristolpubliclibrary.org/
    • Photography & painting exhibit at the Bristol Public Library - August 23 to September 10th
      August 23, 2021 - September 10, 2021
      August 23 - September 10: Photography & painting exhibit at the Bristol Public Library. Residents are encouraged to bring in their personal photographs and paintings to display for others to enjoy!
  • Osceola, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      Ongoing event
      Celebrate the St. Joe Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe.  June 15-July15  Using the digital app iNaturalist, participants are invited to take photos of plants and animals in parks along the river. (The app will help identify them!) This "Citizen Science" project will provide a 3-county ""inventory"" of plants and animals in and near the river in Berrien, St. Joseph (IN), and Elkhart counties.

      https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/celebrate-the-st-joe-bioblitz
  • Hillsdale, MI

  • North Webster, IN

    • North Webster Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
      June 26, 2021 - August 7, 2021
      The exhibit entitled, Water/Ways, is a salute to the role water plays in our lives and will be on display inside the library June 26 – August 7. North Webster is the first stop on the exhibit’s six-community tour throughout Indiana. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge during normal library hours. In addition, special educational events will be held in conjunction to the exhibit. 
       
      More information here: http://www.nweb.lib.in.us/waterways/index.html
  • Mendon, MI

    • Mendon River Fest - August 20th & 21st - Reed River Park
      August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021
      This event celebrates the village and the river and has been for 34 years. It attracts people from all over the county.

      Activities include:

      • Fishing contest
      • Canoe Race
      • Canoe Swamp
      • Duck Race
      • Toy Boat decoration and race
      • Parade
      • Free giveaway drawing for several prizes
      • Food Vendors
      • Fireman's BBQ
      • Crafters
      • Kids games and entertainment
      • Live Music
      • Beer Tent
      • Fireworks (rain date will be Aug 28th the night of the premier).
    • Documentary Premiere - Village of Mendon - Reed River Park at dusk
      August 28, 2021
  • Three Rivers, MI

    • Documentary Premiere - Three Rivers, MI - Covered Bridge Farm at 4:30pm
      August 28, 2021
    • An Exhibition: In Celebration of the Might St. Joseph River. Fridays August 6th through November 19th at the St. Joseph Co. Historical Society
      August 6, 2021 - November 19, 2021
      August 6 - November 19th Fridays 10:00-4:00
  • Union City, MI

  • Jonesville, MI

    • Documentary Premiere - Jonesville, MI - Carl Fast Park at dusk
      August 28, 2021
      https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=196958557023455
    • Jonesville District Library - Photo/Art Display
      August 23, 2021 - August 28, 2021
    • Documentary Premiere - Jonesville, MI - Jonesville District Library 5+6+7pm
      August 30, 2021

Is your community hosting an event along or about the river? Please let us know about it.

Activities and resources

These are fun activities for the family to learn about the river:

Image of Activity: Celebrate the St. Joe BioBlitz!
Celebrate the St. Joe BioBlitz!
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Image of Activity: Fish and Plant Matching Game (Ages 6+)
Fish and Plant Matching Game (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: “Follow the River” Scavenger Hunt! (Berrien County)
“Follow the River” Scavenger Hunt! (Berrien County)
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Image of Activity: Let’s Trade!  Fur Trade Barter Game (Ages 8+)
Let’s Trade! Fur Trade Barter Game (Ages 8+)
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Image of Activity: Make Your Own Dip Net: Search for Tiny Creatures (Ages 7+)
Make Your Own Dip Net: Search for Tiny Creatures (Ages 7+)
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Image of Activity: Make Your Own River (Ages 6+)
Make Your Own River (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: River Critter Coloring Pages (All Ages)
River Critter Coloring Pages (All Ages)
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Image of Activity: Search the St. Joe: Nature Bingo along the River
Search the St. Joe: Nature Bingo along the River
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Image of Activity: St. Joseph River: Highway of the Past (Ages 6+)
St. Joseph River: Highway of the Past (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: Sycamores Shine! (Ages 4+)
Sycamores Shine! (Ages 4+)
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Community Photos

We invite you to share your photos of the St. Joeseph River. Here are of the photos submitted from the community: