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Support School Programs

Help the parks, help the community

St. Joseph County Parks has a variety of funding sources available to educators to offset the cost of park program fees and transportation costs for natural and cultural history interpretive programs. The Grant and Scholarship programs have become a vital source for area educators, as they are faced with budgetary constraints and restrictions placed on offsite experiential trips.

We need your help
To continue offering these fee reductions to educators, we need your monetary support. Any dollar amount is appreciated to supplement these programs to give kids a hands-on, one of a kind experience in the outdoors. Keep the spark in young minds ignited and fuel these funds for the future.  

How to make a contribution
Your donation can be sent to Bendix Woods County Park by downloading the PDF form. Simply fill it out and include payment. Checks can be made payable to St. Joseph County Parks. Indicate which funding opportunities (below) you wish to support.

Acrobat Reader Donations Form for Park Programs


School Scholarship Fund
This fund enables teachers to apply for a scholarship receive up to 50% off the cost of the program.

Transportation Assistance Grant
The Friends of Bendix Woods & Spicer Lake offer a grant program to provide transportation cost assistance to school groups to travel to the County Parks for an interpretive program. Grants are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Limited funds are available for this grant.

Educational Supplies Program
The supply program allows program staff to purchase educational items to enhance natural and cultural history interpretive programs, such as binoculars for birding and art supplies to use in creative programming for children and adults.

Wish List
Our wish list is ever evolving. These items can be dropped off at any of the County Parks:

  • Paper Plates, all white, any size
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed
  • Copier Paper
  • Cheese Cloth
  • SOS pads
  • Scotch Brite Pads
  • Hybrid Vehicle
    (a big wish on our list)
  • White vinegar
  • Knee, hip & chest waders
  • Yarn
  • Work gloves, youth and adult sizes
Young students learning to bird watch with “recycled” binoculars

Other items we could use: 1st Aid Supplies to include; non-latex gloves, cold packs, band aids, adhesive tape, antiseptic ointment, gauze pads, alcohol wipes and sting sticks.

St. Joseph County Parks Foundation

You can provide additional support to the County Parks and all its programs by joining, or contributing to, the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, a 501c3 corporation.
More information can be found HERE.

SJC Park Foundation