Potawatomi Wildlife Park
Potawatomi Wildlife Park shall be a place where the natural, historical, and cultural features of the area are conserved, protected, and restored for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.
Mission StatementThe mission of Potawatomi Wildlife Park is to:
Establishment of the Park
Potawatomi Wildlife Park is owned and managed by Potawatomi Park, Inc., a not-for-profit private foundation. This Private foundation is an outgrowth of the proceeds from the estate of Vernon Romine.
Mr. Romine envisioned a park conveyed exclusivly for charitable, educational and recreational purposes. The park was to be for the use and benefit of the public and especially for the use and benefit of the poor, underprivileged, physically handicapped and mentally handicapped.
Having grown from its orignal established size of 151 acres, Potawatomi Wildlife Park is now a 317-acre complex that consists of fields, woodlands, ponds, and wetlands and is bordered by the Tippecanoe River.
the Park is located on State Road 331 in Marshall County, Indiana. Potawatomi Wildlife Park is managed as a natural sanctuary for plants and animals of northern Indiana and provides educational activities for schools in the area, as well as a site for recreational activities, such as hiking or bird watching.
FIGURE 1. Park basic trail map
Potawatomi Wildlife Park preserves both a prehistorical and historical site of significance to the regions past. The Park preserves both prehistorical and historical indian encampments, the Stephen Bennack Potawatomi village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several early indian trails crossed the river.
Logo and Name Source
FIGURE 2. Potawatomi Park Logo
The Name "Potawatomi" and the present Potawatomi Park fire logo (Figure 1.) is utilized with written permission obtained from the Citizen Band Potawatomi Indian Tribe (Shawnee, OK) during the parks formation. The fire is a well known symbol of the Potawatomi Indian Nation known as "Keepers of the fire" or "People of the Place of the Fire".
To the park, the fire symbol represents the historical significance of the Stephen Bennack Village site that Potawatomi Wildlife Park preserves.
Many sources refer to Stephen Bennack as "Chief". Others refer Bennack as a "headman" which is the head or "leader" of a tribe or clan. The Potawatomi term is "Wkama" which they translate more generally as "leader."
The Bennack village is one of only a few "post-removal villages" that existed and it therefore holds an important key to the lifestyle of those who remained here after the removal period.
Members of the Bennack Village eventually dispersed.
Some traveled west to the join the Citizen (Mission) and Prairie Bands in
Kansas and Oklahoma, while others remained in Indiana and assimilated among
the American settlers. Stephen Bennack is buried @ Notre Dame Cemetary along with his family.
FIGURE 3. Location map
Coming from the north, the Park entrance is located approximately 1/2 mile south of State Road 10 directly across from 17th Road. Coming from the south, the entrance is approximately 1/2 mile north of the Tippecanoe Bridge on State Road 331.
The Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset for you to walk
the trails and observe or study wildlife. If you wish to arrange a guided tour
for your group, you may write us at:
Potawatomi Wildlife Park
16998 State Road 331
Tippecanoe, IN 46570
Call us at: (574) 498-6550
E-mail us at: Park@GetIntoNature.com
There is no charge to visit the park for individuals. However,
your contributions help us meet operating expenses and are greatly appreciated.
They also qualify as tax deductible charitable contributions. Some special activities
or facilities will require a small fee. Call or write for specific information.
©2017 Potawatomi Park, Inc.