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The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks

Friends St. Joseph County Parks

Fostering Resources for a Vibrant St. Joseph County Parks

Established in 1989, The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks, (also known as the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that assists the St. Joseph County Parks in land acquisition, park program enhancements, greenways connections and stewardship of natural and cultural resources.  We leverage resources for a vibrant St. Joseph County Parks – for today and for future generations. Through your donations, we are able to care for and enhance the investment in your County Parks .

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Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
Spicer Lake Nature Preserve

Click here to visit The Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake web page

Memberships in The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks

With your donation of $35 or more you become a member of The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks.

$1000 or more - Individual Benefactor or Corporation Annual
$500 - Park Booster Annual
$100 -  Park Supporter/Organization Annual
$50 - Family Annual
$35  - Individual Annual

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Or to send your contribution by mail:

Mail your name and check (payable to The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks) to:
The Friends of Joseph County Parks
50651 Laurel Road
South Bend, IN 46637-1004

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Restoring the Historic Studebaker Trees.

A half-mile long and over 75 years old, the tree sign spelling “Studebaker” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The St. Joseph County Parks Department and The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks, many donors and volunteers are working to restore the historic Studebaker Tree sign at Bendix Woods County Park. Planted in 1938 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, it was designed by the Studebaker Corporation as a tribute to the relatively new (at the time!) aviation industry. Dead trees and understory were cleared throughout 2014. Over 2000 evergreen saplings will be planted in 2015 to fill in the vacant areas where dead trees were removed.

  • David Deahl- President
  • Matt Kahn- Vice-President
  • Marge Riemenschneider- Secretary
  • Andrew Sczcehkowski- Treasurer
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Our recent successes include...

Our past successes include...

  • 2010 - Assisted with the funding and dedication of the Goodhew Gazebo
  • 2010 - Provided the local match for Baugo Creek stabilization project
  • 2010 - Sponsored BioBlitz and Sugar Camp Days activities
  • 2009 - Facilitated a grant to upgrade department-wide computer software
  • 2009 - Commenced the Howard Goodhew Memorial Fund to finance construction of the Goodhew Gazebo
  • 2009 - Facilitated fundraising for painting the Red Barn
  • 2008 - Sponsored BioBlitz and Sugar Camp Days activities
  • 2008 - Received grants and provided match money for native plantings at Bendix Woods
  • 2008 - Funded research and concept development for Spicer Lake Visitor Center exhibits
  • 2007 - Assisted with the Jaffe Shelter dedication at the playground at St. Patrick’s County Park
  • 2007 - Purchased new seating for the Visitor’s Center at Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
  • 2007 - Facilitated a grant to upgrade department-wide computer software
  • 2007 - Assisted with the acquisition of 100 acres adjacent to St. Patrick’s County Park