January Programs

christmas bird count

Thursday, January 2 - Winter Break Nature Camp

  • Register by December 30
  • When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Fee: $20
  • Ages: 6 – 12 years

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 3 - Zion Nature Center OPEN

  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

School is on break, so we’ve extended our OPEN hours.

Friday, January 3 - Christmas Bird Count for Kids

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. The FREE event will include a session on birding basics, 90 minutes of birding fun, data collection, wrap up and awards ceremony. Bring binoculars or field guides if you have them. Dress for cold weather and hiking. This workshop is great for scouts working on badges. 

Saturday, January 4 - Nature Treasure Boxes

Whether you are young or old, does exploring outdoors mean a collection of rocks, leaves, flowers, and sticks? We’re making our own nature treasure boxes so all those little collected treasures have a place to call home. 

Saturday, January 11 - Scout Saturday: Nature Merit Badge

Join Park Naturalist, Mindy Murdock, and a certified BSA merit badge counselor, for hands-on activities that explore the animals and other components of Nature. This workshop is open to boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts. This workshop will cover requirements #1, 2, 3, 4a1 and portion of 4a2, 4b, 4c. Boy Scouts should come prepared with their blue card. Registration is required as space is limited.


Tuesday, January 14 - Toddler Trek

  • Registration Required
  • When: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Turkey Foot Nature Park, 4795 Turkeyfoot Avenue
  • Ages: 5 years and under with an adult

Spending time outdoors has numerous benefits for a child's physical and emotional well-being.  Each month we will meet at different Zionsville parks to play, explore, and watch the seasons change. Toddler Trek is rain or shine (with the exception of severe weather). Dress for the weather and be prepared to get moving!

Saturday, January 18 - Snowflake Science

Snowflakes are one of nature's most interesting and unique designs. No two snowflakes are alike, but all are beautiful. Come learn about snowflake shapes, help with a snow experiment, and make your own snowflake to take home.

Wednesday, January 22 - Knee-High Naturalists

  • Register beginning January 1
  • When: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 3 – 5 years (Children must be fully potty-trained)
  • Fee: $10 (payment due by January 20)

Knee-high Naturalists is our new, monthly series for the youngest nature enthusiasts!  In this drop-off program, children will learn all about the wonders of nature with our Naturalists.  Similar to our summer camps, activities will take place both inside and outside the Zion Nature Center.  This program will provide a hands-on, nature-based educational experience for your child. 


Friday, January 24 - Mommy & Me: Fox

Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy & Me classes!  Each month will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts, and nature exploration.

Saturday, January 25 - Backyard Maple Sugaring

It is the sweetest time of year!  Learn about how the Native Americans discovered how to make maple syrup, how production has changed over the years, how to tap a tree, and even sample some freshly made maple syrup! Registration is required, as space is limited.