School and Group Programs

School Programs



The Zion Nature Center offers a variety of programs that align with current Indiana Science Standards from Preschool - 8th grade. All Zion Nature Center programs follow Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). Our programming utilizes methods of inquiry and hands-on activities. For a list of programs and how to schedule please download our Education Program Guide.

The Zion Nature Center can provide your class with official Children of Indiana Nature Park environmental curriculum as a member of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network.

Education Program Guide (PDF)

Education Program Guide 2018
seasons teacher box

Traveling Teacher Trunks

Providing hands-on experiences can have a profound effect on learning. By involving students in a total learning experience their ability to think critically is significantly enhanced. In addition, studies indicate that it increases the student's motivation to learn and enhances their perception, creativity and logic. 

Thanks to a grant from Duke Energy Foundation we are pleased to offer Traveling Teacher Trunks to teachers in the surrounding area (Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks and Marion County). Each trunk provides your classroom access to quality natural resources, information and hands-on activities. Download our Education Program Guide for more information.

Available Traveling Teacher Trunks:

  • Senses and Seasons
  • Habitats and Ecosystems
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Nature Cycles
  • Indiana Rocks (completed by end of 2018)
  • Sustainable Indiana (completed by end of 2018)

Birthday Parties


Have your child's next birthday part at the Zion Nature Center. For more information about how to make this happen, please view the Birthday Party Guide (PDF).

You supply the food, we’ll supply the FUN! Your party includes:
  • Choice of a 30 – 45 minute themed nature program.
  • Two hour use of our program room.

Available Times and Dates:
Saturdays
Between 10a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fee: $125

  • The Zion Nature Center program room maximum capacity is 20 - 25 including adults and children.
  • Dates and times fill up, we ask for a minimum of two weeks notice when trying to request a birthday party.
  • Payment is required to reserve your date. Dates, time and fees are subject to change.
  • When you make your reservation, we will ask you to please select a program theme.

Birthday Party Guide (PDF)

Birthday Party Info

Scout Programs

Join a Naturalist for a nature hike or complete requirements for a nature related badge or journey with Zion Nature Center. Private den or troop programs can be scheduled on Saturdays, over school breaks or weekday afternoons (Tuesday - Friday). For availability and more information contact the Zion Nature Center directly.

Boy Scouts, need help completing a Merit Badge? Our Park Naturalist is a Merit Badge Counselor for the following:

  • Bird Study
  • Nature
  • Geology
  • Plant Science     
  • Environmental Science
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study 
  • Forestry
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Gardening
  • Sustainability