January Programs

Tuesday, January 2 & Thursday, January 4 - Zion Nature Center OPEN



  • When: 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
School is on break, so we’ve extended our OPEN hours.

EE programming

Wednesday, January 3 - Winter Break Nature Camp 

  • Register by December 30 via email
  • When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $20
Looking for something to do this Winter Break? Celebrate the season with activities and games focused on animal adaptations. Explore animal tracks, search for their homes and discover what it takes to survive winter.



Friday, January 5 - Animal Adventures: Winter Birds

  • Register at www.zionsvillelibrary.org
  • When: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library and Zion Nature Center
  • Ages: 3 - 6 years with an adult

Meet at the Library for story time fun. Afterwards, we will walk to the Zion Nature Center to explore winter birds.

Saturday, January 6 - Christmas Bird Count for Kids

  • Register via email
  • When: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 5 - 15 years with an adult

Whether your child is curious about the natural world and loves to go birding or has never birded before. Amos Butler Audubon volunteers will help your child discover birding and hopefully light the curiosity for nature within them. This workshop is great for scouts working on badges. The FREE event will include a session on birding basics, 90 minutes of birding fun, data collection, wrap up and awards ceremony. Bring a bag lunch and binoculars or field guides if you have them. Dress for cold weather and hiking. Registration is required as space is limited.

Saturday, January 13 - Coffee with the Birds

  • When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Relax on this crisp winter morning with a cup of coffee and our feathered friends. Coffee is provided, but please bring your favorite mug.

Saturday, January 13 - Secrets of Snowflakes

  •  Registration is required via email
  • When: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

No two are alike! Discover the secrets of snowflakes; how they form, different types of crystals, and how to preserve them so you can view them later. Bring warm clothes in case it snows!

Friday, January 19 - Mommy & Me: Snow

  • Register via email
  • When: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St
  • Ages: 1 - 3 years with an adult

Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy and Me classes!  Each month will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts, and nature exploration. Due to school being in session, parking is not available at the Zion Nature Center.

Saturday, January 20 - Coping with the Cold

  • When: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

How do animals survive the cold winter months?  We will explore all of the adaptations animals use to survive winter weather and then head out for a hike to look for animals in the snow.  Please dress for the outdoors.

Saturday, January 27 - Monthly Dog Walk

  • When: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

We’re starting our New Year’s Resolution here at the Zionsville Parks by offering a monthly dog walk throughout 2018. Grab your favorite pup and meet at the Zion Nature Center to explore the sights and smells of nature in winter.

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