Zionsville Nature Play Days

From June 10th to 18th, Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is encouraging everyone across the state to participate in Nature Play Day events. The goal of Nature Play Days is to get kids outside and remind families that nature play is important and can happen close to home.

2016 was the first year for Nature Play Days and 115 Nature Play Day events were held across the state! This year, Zionsville organizations have partnered to offer FREE opportunities to explore the many parks and nature found within our community.

Participating in a Nature Play Day event? Post a photo to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram  using the hashtag #ICANNaturePlayDay for a chance to win awesome prizes. Tag us @ZionsvilleIN and @INKidsandNature or make sure you post is public so we can see it.

Saturday, June 10 - Make Your Own Fish Kite!



  • Registration is required via email or online
  • When: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 7 years and up
  • Where: SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.
Make your own fish kite from colorful tissue paper, including decorating with scales, tails and glitter! Kites will be attached to a bamboo pole to enjoy with or without a breezy day.


Saturday, June 10 - Campfire and Night Hike



  • When: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
Enjoy an evening hike through the Zion Nature Sanctuary. We will end the evening toasting marshmallows.


Sunday, June 11 - Nature I Spy



  • When: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
Explore nature with this family friendly scavenger hunt. Pick up your clue card at the Zion Nature Center. Finish the hunt to claim a prize.


Monday, June 12 - S'more Solar Oven



  • Registration is required via online
  • When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages: K - 5th grade with an adult
  • Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. 5th Street
Craft a solar oven and then put your oven to work. We will be doing outdoor activities while we wait for our s'mores to bake.
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Tuesday, June 13 - Storytime in the Grass



  • Registration is required via online
  • When:  3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. 5th Street
Meet at the Library for an outdoor storytime and hike to collect items to create natural art. Parents must stay with children.


Wednesday, June 14 - Maplelawn Open House



  • When: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Maplelawn Farmstead, 9575 Whitestown Road
You’re invited to the Farmstead for a tour and children’s activities to explore the Depression Era Farmstead.


Wednesday, June 14 - Creekstomp



  • Registration is required via email
  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 4 - 12 years with an adult
  • Where: Creekside Nature Park, 11001 E. Sycamore Street.
Join us as we explore Eagle Creek. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Nets and buckets are provided. Parking at Creekside Nature Park is limited.

Thursday, June 15 - Teddy Bear Picnic



  • Registration is required via email by June 14
  • When: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 2 - 6 years with an adult
  • Where: Lincoln Park, 41 S. 2nd Street
Grab your favorite stuffed friend and your lunch and join us on the grass for a picnic. After lunch we’re going on a bear hunt!


Friday, June 16 - Bike with a Cop



  • Registration is required via email by June 14
  • When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
Join the Zionsville Police Department for an obstacle course and bike ride to Elm Street Green Park. Be sure to wear the correct bike safety equipment and pack your lunch to enjoy in the park.


Friday, June 16 - Wetland Explorations



  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
Explore what flies, crawls and hops in the wetland. Wear clothes that can get muddy and wet. Nets and buckets are provided.


Saturday, June 17 - Sss...Snake Hunters!



  • Registration is required via email
  • When: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years with an adult
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
What snake species live in Zionsville? Let’s find out! Participants will help check snake boards in Starkey Park.


Saturday, June 17 - Starkey Park Project



  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families, Adults
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
Help collect information with iNaturalist. Bring your smart phone or camera and explore seasonal changes in the park.


Sunday, June 18 - Dad and Me Explore!



  • Registration is required via email
  • When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages: Families
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
Celebrate Father’s Day with dad on this family friendly nature walk. Grab your hiking shoes and let’s explore!
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Zionsville Nature Play Days 2017