St. Joseph County Parks

Your Place for Outdoor Family Fun!
Bendix WoodsFerrettie/BaugoCrone Restoration AreaLaSalle TrailSpicer LakeSt. Patrick'sAnderson RoadChamberlain Lake
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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. 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. These programs are not only a benefit to schools, but also allow the parks to continue offering natural and cultural history programs to school children.

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 St. Patrick’s County Park by downloading the PDF form. Simply fill it out and include payment. Checks can be made payable to St. Joseph County Parks.

Funding Programs

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

Transportation Assistance Grant
(For schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation)
The Friends of Bendix Woods & Spicer Lake are offering a grant program to provide transportation cost assistance to school groups wishing to travel to either Bendix Woods County Park or Spicer Lake Nature Preserve for a natural history 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 be able to purchase educational items to enhance natural and cultural history 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 and changing from season to season. These items can be dropped off at St. Patrick’s County Park or Bendix Woods County Park:

  • Paper Plates
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed
  • LCD/Digital Projector
  • Copier Paper
  • Cheese Cloth
  • SOS pads
  • Scotch Brite Pads
  • Hybrid Vehicle
    (a big wish on our list)
  • White vinegar
  • Knee, hip & chest waders
  • Yarn
Young students learning to bird watch with “recycled” binoculars

Acrobat Reader Donations Form for Park Programs

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