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St. Joseph County Parks Foundation

Established in 1989, the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the purpose of assisting the St. Joseph County Park Board in land acquisition, facility and program enhancements, greenways connections and stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Through your donations, we are able to care for and enhance the investment in our County parks.

Click here for a printable brochure.

Celebrating 75 Years!
Help Restore & Preserve the Historic Studebaker Trees.

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

The St. Joseph County Parks Department and St. Joseph County Parks Foundation were recently awarded a Challenge Grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation for the restoration and preservation of the historic Studebaker tree sign.  We must raise twice the amount of the grant in order to secure the funds.  
Sponsorship of individual letters in the sign is available for $2,000 per letter.  Signs displaying the name/logo of the donor will be installed by each sponsored letter.  Donations of any amount are also being accepted toward the funds needed for the restoration and maintenance of the trees. 
For more information on sponsoring a letter or sending a donation, use the from below, or to donate online, click the donate button below.

Acrobat Reader Donation form for the Studebaker Tree Sign Restoration

Memberships in the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation

$30  - Individual/Family Annual
$100 -  Park Supporter/Organization Annual
Park Booster - (annual gift in excess of $500)
Individual Benefactor or Corporation - (annual gift in excess of $1000)

To become a member…

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

Click here for a printable Membership Form

Members receive:


Jim Goodhew- President
Marge Riemenschneider- Vice-President
David Deahl- Secretary
Michelle Kite- Treasurer

Our recent successes include...

Our past successes include...

  • 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
  • 2006 - Assisted in raising funds for new barn-themed playground structure at St. Patrick's County Park.
  • 2005 - Assistance with the acquisition of 75 acres adjacent to Spicer Lake Nature Preserve