Acts of Service

Ruthmere Campus – Christiana Creek Property Cleanup

Month of June

Ruthmere Campus recently acquired two parcels of land (approximately 0.43 acres) on the south side of Christiana Creek. This property is next to a historic bank barn building known as “The Pony Barn” which was part of the original Ruthmere estate.

This land acquisition has made this historic structure once again accessible and usable for museum purposes, but the acquired property has been in state of neglect for some time and has accumulated surface trash and a few illegally dumped items. There is also a small unsafe deck built on the hillside of this property that needs to be demolished.

This is a ONE-TIME request. Our project involves the clean up of all manmade materials on this property to restore this land to its natural pristine landscape. A large dumpster, sledgehammers, wheelbarrows, bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers will be in a natural setting, so please dress appropriately. Volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts, socks and closed-toed shoes. Please bring your own safety goggles if you intend to help with demo. Clean-up day(s) and time(s) have yet to be determined for the month of June 2024. Requesting a crew of 10 or more able-bodied people to make the project go quickly. Let us know when you are available, and we will plan the date(s) accordingly.

We will give anyone who volunteers a FREE one-year Ruthmere Private Membership (value of $60-see membership benefits here: and a FREE tour of the historic Pony Barn (normally not open to the public) on the day of the cleanup. Thank you for being a part of restoring history and making Elkhart a better place for people and nature!

For more information, please email Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director of Ruthmere.

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