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St. Joseph County Parks

Your Place for Outdoor Family Fun!
Bendix WoodsFerrettie/BaugoCrone Restoration AreaLaSalle TrailSpicer LakeSt. Patrick'sAnderson RoadChamberlain Lake
Special Events:
Tail Waggin’ Hayride
Outdoor Elements
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Big Trees
Calendar of Events
IN Master Naturalist
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Nature Munchkins
School & Scout
Annual Report
Deer Management
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Friends of Bendix Woods & Spicer Lake
Park Foundation
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Greenways Charrette
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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 that assists the St. Joseph County Parks in land acquisition, park program enhancements, greenways connections and stewardship of natural and cultural resources.  We build partnerships that contribute to a vibrant, livable community today and for future generations. Through your donations, we are able to care for and enhance the investment in your County Parks .

Click here for a printable brochure.

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
Spicer Lake Nature Preserve

Memberships in the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation

With your donation of $30 or more you become a member of the St. Joseph County Parks Foundation / 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
$30  - Individual Annual

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Or to send your contribution by mail:

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

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Members receive:

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 St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, 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 Fischgrund- President
  • David Deahl- Vice-President
  • Marge Riemenschneider- Secretary
  • Michelle Kite- Treasurer
Girls examine turtle egg fragments

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
  • 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