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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.


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 Jonesville, MI - Carl Fast Park More Information
August 28, 2021 Hillsdale, MI - Mrs Stock's Park More Information
August 28, 2021 Mishawaka, IN - Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library More Information
August 28, 2021 South Bend, IN - Howard Park, dusk, outdoors along the river More Information
August 28, 2021 South Bend, IN - History Museum, Wiekamp Auditorium, afternoon time TBA More Information
August 28, 2021 Bristol, IN - Bristol Public Library More Information
August 29, 2021 St Joseph, MI - Box Factory for the Arts
August 28, 2021 Union City, Michigan - Rick Mears Amphitheater More Information

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

    Buchanan, MI

    Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

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

    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.

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

    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

  • Log Cabin Day at Murdock Log Cabin

    Berrien Springs, MI

    Murdock Log Cabin

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

    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.

  • PIckle Festival

    Berrien Springs, MI

    July 4th all day; event is free (sponsors and vendor applications now available!)

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

  • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds

    Benton Harbor, MI

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

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

  • Write Naturally

    South Bend, IN

    https://sjcpl.libnet.info/event/4820560

  • Write Naturally

    South Bend, IN

    https://sjcpl.libnet.info/event/4820560

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

  • Art exhibit at Sky Level July 23 - Sept 11

    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.

     

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

  • Puppy Paddle on the river 5 mile kayaking event - starts

    Bristol, IN

    Puppy Paddle on the river 5 mile kayaking event. July 31, starts at 9 a.m. with launching at 10 a.m. from Hermance Park. Ending point is Six-Span Bridge in Elkhart. Dogs are welcome!

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

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

    Three Rivers, MI

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

  • Summer on the St. Joe

    South Bend, IN

    https://www.facebook.com/sjcparks/

  • Concert in Mrs. Stock's Park

    Hillsdale, MI

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

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

    Mishawaka, IN

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

  • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds

    Benton Harbor, MI

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

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

    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!

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

    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.

  • NDL Youth Services Event.

    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.

  • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds

    Benton Harbor, MI

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


Events By Town/Community:

  • Berrien Springs, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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
    • Log Cabin Day at Murdock Log Cabin
      Murdock Log Cabin
    • PIckle Festival
      July 4th all day; event is free (sponsors and vendor applications now available!)
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      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)
  • Mishawaka, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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 12th, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom.
       
      Pete DeKever Presents ""When Mishawaka Was the Power City""","Blog post on our website"
  • South Bend, IN

  • Buchanan, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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
      Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      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, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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 Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      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)
    • Celebrate the St. Joe Art Exhibit at Niles District Library
      The exhibit will be on display from August 23 - October 23. For more detailed information contact Andrea.burns@nileslibrary.net or 269-683-8545x116.
    • NDL Youth Services Event.
      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.
  • St. Joseph, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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 exhibit at Sky Level July 23 - Sept 11
      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.

       
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      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)
  • Elkhart, IN

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

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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
  • Benton Harbor, MI

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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
    • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds
      https://www.maryscityofdavid.org/1158 E Britain Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Digital Scavenger Hunt using Goose Chase app
      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)
    • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds
      https://www.maryscityofdavid.org/1158 E Britain Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Tours of the Mary's City of David grounds
      https://www.maryscityofdavid.org/1158 E Britain Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • Bristol, IN

    • Digital BioBlitz on the Lower St. Joe. Months of June-July
      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
      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.
    • Puppy Paddle on the river 5 mile kayaking event - starts
      Puppy Paddle on the river 5 mile kayaking event. July 31, starts at 9 a.m. with launching at 10 a.m. from Hermance Park. Ending point is Six-Span Bridge in Elkhart. Dogs are welcome!
    • Photography & painting exhibit at the Bristol Public Library - August 23 to September 10th
      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!
  • Hillsdale, MI

  • Three Rivers, MI

    • 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 - November 19th Fridays 10:00-4:00

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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