Zion Nature Center

The Zion Nature Center encourages Zionsville and Central Indiana families to take an active role in their native environment through educational and inquiry-based programs and activities.
The Zion Nature Center was founded in 2002 through the dedicated efforts of the Zionsville Parks Department and the Friends of Zion Nature Center. The Zion Nature Center is located on the grounds of Eagle Elementary in Zionsville and adjacent to the Zion Nature Sanctuary. Because of our location there is limited program availability during school days and hours.
A brick house that is not the Nature Center


Exhibits within the Nature Center focus on local Indiana habitats and wildlife. In addition to exhibits, several educational animals are on display including turtles, snakes, and amphibians.

Eastern Box Turtle Exhibit Fundraiser - Only $500 More!

We ask you for your support in building a new home for our eastern box turtles at the Zion Nature Center. Zionsville Parks provides almost  200 public, school and private programs each year, and interacts with over 10,000 visitors as they enjoy our exhibits, educational animals, and environmental education programming through the Zion Nature Center. The turtles are currently lodged in a large plywood box that makes it challenging for programming with groups and families. In order to observe the turtles, children must step up on stools, or smaller children need to be lifted to view the turtle habitat.

A target of $9,500 will cover the cost of the exhibit build, signage and accompanying educational programming. We have raised $9,000 so far! Please download the donation form. Your generous donation will help us continue to provide programming and exhibits that have a positive impact on the community.

Thank you to all those that have helped us towards reaching our goal, including:

Friends of Zion Nature Center
Union Elementary First Grade Class of 2015-2016
Tri Kappa Zionsville
Zion Nature Center October Rummage Sale Participants
Afshan Paarlberg
Murdock Family
Donation in Memory of Kathy Clark
Donation in Memory of Jordan Minnigan
In Honor of Lucas Steffey's 10th Birthday
Jack Ulbright's Lemonade Stand

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