Activities

Art in Nature

Each of our Art in Nature programs start off on an easy hike with a Naturalist to explore one of our parks and to collect materials. Afterwards, create your own masterpiece with different mediums such as leaves, mud, pine cones, and so much more!
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FREE$0.00

Brunch with Snakes

Come celebrate World Snake Day with the Zionsville Nature Center! Join us and our snakes as they get their weekly brunch. Learn all about their unique adaptations as they eat mice whole.
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FREE$0.00

Certified Wildlife Habitat Workshop

Aaron Stump, Habitat Programs Manager with Indiana Wildlife Federation, presents a unique educational opportunity for individuals interested in protecting the natural beauty and local wildlife of Indiana.
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FREE$0.00

Common Butterflies and Their Host Plants Webinar

Are you looking to attract more butterflies to your yard and garden? The best way to do so is by planting the specific plants each butterfly species needs for its caterpillars.
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FREE$0.00

Creek Stomp

Cool off on this hot summer day and join a naturalist to discover what is living in Eagle Creek. Prepare to get wet as we search under rocks and in plants for animals that call the creek home.
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FREE$0.00

Family FUN Walk

Check out Zionsville’s newest outdoor space, Overley-Worman Park! A Zionsville Parks staff member will lead a walk highlighting a specific portion of the property and give an overview about all the park has to offer residents and visitors.
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FREE$0.00

Girl Scout Saturday: Bugs

Join a naturalist at the Zionsville Nature Center to explore the world of bugs! We’ll create bug posters, go on a bug hike, and observe bugs in action. This program is designed for Brownie Girl Scouts looking to earn the Bugs Badge.
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Per Scout$3.00

Great American Campout

Join the Zionsville Parks in our own backyard, as we pitch our tents and campout at Mulberry Fields as part of the National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout. Tents and camping gear not provided.
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Family of 4$15.00 Additional $5.00

Introduction to Pickleball

Join the pickleball craze that has been sweeping the nation! Join us for an introduction to pickleball! This class will cover the basics of pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, and more.
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FREE$0.00

Jr Ecologist Homeschool Club

Each month, we will go into depths of different nature topics in a short lesson followed by hands-on activities. Afterwards, each child will get to take home a packet to further explore the topic of the month!
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Per Child$3.00

Junior Yogis

Children will enjoy imaginative activities to introduce yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and breathing. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel.
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FREE$0.00

Magical Flower Fairies

Celebrate International Fairy Day by creating a magical flower fairy! Design your own enchanted sprite using floral elements, clothespins, pipe cleaners, ribbon, beads and more!
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Fairy Craft$2.00

Morning Bird Walk

Start your morning with a hike to spot birds! Join a Naturalist for a hike to see who is fluttering around. All levels of birding experience welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few available to borrow.
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FREE$0.00

National Dog Day Walk

Join us for National Dog Day on a dog friendly walk through the new Overley-Worman Park.
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FREE$0.00

Nature Boats

Do you think you can build a boat using only natural materials like bark, twigs, and grass? What about a boat that’s able to float? Come test your building skills and see if your nature boat can handle the elements.
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FREE$0.00

Nature's Fireworks

While many will spend the holiday weekend enjoying man made fireworks in the night skies, nature has plenty of its own beautiful colorful patterns!
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Night Hike

Happy National Moon Day! Let’s celebrate the first moon landing with a guided night hike and a discussion on moon phases. During our hike, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for the sights and sounds of the forest at night.
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Pick-Up Pickleball

Pickleball enthusiasts of all abilities are invited to drop in for an hour of play. Equipment will be provided. For safety reasons, the class will not meet if the courts are wet.
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S'mores Day Campfire

As far back as 1925, this delicious, sticky and gooey treat has been loved by millions across the United States. Today there are many variations to the original S’more.
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Per Person$5.00

Scavenger Hunt!

Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day! Celebrate with Zionsville Park & Recreation by exploring one of our amazing parks. Discover nature and use your observation skills by completing a nature-based scavenger hunt.
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Sensory Hike

There are many benefits of nature walks including all the sights and sound that make for a multi-sensory experience. Let’s explore nature – one sense at a time.
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Stream Search

What creatures make their home in our local streams? What can these animals tell us about the water quality? Grab your boots or water shoes and join us to explore the creek and see who we can find and learn about the creatures in the creek!
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Toddler Trek

Research shows that outdoor play has numerous benefits for a child's physical and emotional well-being. This is an informal, fun morning outdoors exploring our local parks, rain or shine!
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Trail Mix Hike

Did you know August 31st is National Trail Mix Day? Trail mix is a nutritious and lightweight snack to take on an outdoor hike. Join a naturalist to celebrate with a guided hike and trail mix of course!
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Per Person$2.00

Turtle Tracks

Did you know there are 18 species of turtles in Indiana? Come meet a few different species and learn what makes them special!
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FREE$0.00

Wild Edibles Hike

Join a park naturalist for a leisurely stroll in Turkeyfoot Nature Park while learning about the type of edible plants, how to identify them and some tips on how to prepare them.
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FREE$0.00

Women Who Walk

Do you love to walk, but don’t always have others to join you? Our walking program is a great way to stay active and gather in nature! We will walk for an hour, learn about happenings in the parks and socialize with others in our community!
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Zionsville Nature Play Days

Stomp in Eagle Creek, go on a bug safari, play kickball with firefighters, play in a wetland, craft and use your imagination. Zionsville Nature Play Days reminds families that nature and play is important and can happen close to home.
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FREE$0.00

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