Rum Village Nature Center

In response to the current global pandemic, Rum Village Nature Center is currently closed due to the continued need for social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).  In conjunction with the State of Indiana’s Back On Track Plan (,  it is tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on June 14, 2020.
As VPA continues to evaluate the situation for the next few weeks, please note that all information subject to change with minimal notice.

About the 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 Nature Center proudly provides group programs, which can be seen here.

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:

  • Watch wildlife at our wildlife viewing window
  • Crawl through an “animal burrow” to explore underground life
  • Play nature games

Park Improvements

New Roof completed

The largest of multiple projects to upgrade the Rum Village Nature Center facility, a new metal roof was installed in 2016. The metal roof is an upgraded material that will increase lifespan to 50 years and reduce maintenance needs.