Rum Village Nature Center


The Rum Village Nature Center is located on the city’s south side in Rum Village Park. Visit the exhibit area, sit at the bird-viewing window, or enjoy a leisurely stroll on the trails in the woods. Not far from the heart of South Bend, Rum Village is a wildlife oasis offering hiking trails, biking trails, picnic areas, and a chance to escape to the quiet calm of one of the nicest woodlands in the area.

The 160 acres of rolling woodlands are home to deer, foxes, reptiles, amphibians and numerous species of birds. With so much to see and so many new programs and activities to do, it is no wonder that so many people are rediscovering Rum Village.

Visit the nature center to explore the plant and animal life of northern Indiana. At this FREE nature center you can:

  • Watch wildlife at our wildlife feeding station  (To see some of wildlife photos, click HERE)                          
  • Observe the habits of real bees in their hive
  • Crawl through an “animal burrow” to explore underground life
  • ...And much more


Garry Harrington, Director     
Hannah Diss, Naturalist


40th Anniversary Celebration

Septmeber 23rd, 2014 at 10 am - Tree Planting Ceremony

September 28th, 2014 1pm-5pm - Nature Center Open House


40th Anniversary Photo Contest




We are looking for striking photos of the Rum Village Park past and present. You must read the official rules before submitting any photos. Good luck, and have fun!


Contest Timeline:

Photo Submission: August 1st - September 5th, 2014

Voting Period: September 8th - 15th, 2014

For the official rules, click here!  The winning photo will receive a prize.  See the official rules for details.