The Res is a 23-acre youth camp and nature center located on the east side of Mishawaka, Indiana. Surrounded by urban uses, the heavily wooded grounds are habitat to a wide variety of birds, animals, and wild flowers. Originally founded in 1920 as a Boy Scout Reservation, “The Res” is now owned by the non-profit organization, The Preservation of the Res, Inc. The Board of Directors consists of 15 members who represent the local community and the Charter Members of the Preservation of the Res, Inc.

Our meadow, lodges, and cabins are available to rent for events, including field trips, weddings, church services and retreats, graduation parties, reunions, baby showers, family holidays, youth camping programs, and more. Overnight cabin and tent stays are for youth groups and member families only. Please contact us for more information. 

Our trails are open to the public, unless the property is closed for an event. Listen to the creek, hike the trails, and enjoy the beauty of nature close to home. Come out to The Res and immerse yourself in nature, right here in the heart of Mishawaka.

We are a non-profit organization, so donations are always appreciated.


We are always in need of volunteers. If you are an individual, family or group that would be interested giving some of your time to help at The Res, please contact the office.

Tasks include:

  • removal of Invasive plants
  • mulching
  • trail maintenance
  • building maintenance
  • trash pickup


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