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The Friends of 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 .
Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
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.
Or to send your contribution by mail:
Mail your name and check (payable to The Friends of St. Joseph County
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.