Activities

Animal Lunch Time

What does a turtle eat for lunch? How about a salamander? Join us for this monthly program and get an up close look at how we feed and care for our resident live animals!
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Art in Nature

Create your own unique art using natural materials in this exciting art series. 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.
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Candy Science

Who says candy is just for eating? Explore the unique properties of different types of candy. Enjoy a variety of experiments and art projects and discover surprising things about some popular treats.
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Community Service Days

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in service opportunities for community members aged 16 years and older. If a volunteer is under the age of 16, they must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
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Eastern Box Turtle Discovery

Eastern Box Turtles are one of many species that call Indiana home. These unique reptiles are considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss. Join a naturalist for a talk about Eastern Box Turtle characteristics, habitat, and adaptations.
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Family Nature Games

We will have a variety of kid-friendly nature games like wildlife bingo, an animal sound guessing game, and nature trivia. This will be a fun way to relax with your family before the holidays start.
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Introduction to Pickleball

Join us for an introduction to pickleball! This class will cover the basics of pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, and more. Paddles and balls will be provided. For safety reasons, the class will not meet if the courts are wet.
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Jr Ecologist Homeschool Club

Join a Naturalist with the Zionsville Nature Center in this exciting homeschool club series! Each month, we will go into depths of different nature topics in a short lesson followed by hands-on activities.
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Per Child $3.00

Junior Yogis

Children ages 3-6 will enjoy imaginative activities to introduce yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and breathing. Caregivers are encouraged to participate as well.
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Magical Park After Dark

Join the Zionsville Parks for some GLOW-in-the-dark Halloween fun under the stars in our digital playground Magical Park! Fitting for all people of all ages, Halloween costumes are optional.
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Monthly Bird Walk

All levels of birding experience welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few available to borrow.
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Nature 101 Series

Do you want to learn more about Natural History Topics? Check out our Monthly Nature 101 Series. Each month Naturalists from Zionsville Nature Center or guest speakers will present on a variety of nature topics.
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Not-So-Scary Animals

With Halloween only a few days away, come learn about some not-so-scary critters! Join us for a short presentation and activity breaking the myths about “creepy” creatures that often get a bad reputation.
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Pick Up Pickleball

Join us for pick up pickleball! Paddles and balls will be provided. For safety reasons, the class will not meet if the courts are wet.
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Preparing for Winter

Winter is fast approaching, and the days are getting colder. Join a Naturalist at Elm Street Green to learn all about how animals prepare for winter.
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Preschoolers in the Park

Join the Zionsville Parks for outdoor play, learning, and exploration. Programs will focus on developing a sense of place in our community. Activities will focuses on local themes relevant to children’s daily lives and experiences.
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Project WET Teacher Workshop

Learn the science of climate change and how to localize these lessons for a place-based focus with Project WET: Climate, Water and Resilience.
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Roll & Read

Grab your wagon or stroller and join us as we read the latest story along the new StoryWalk trail at Elm Street Green. Our adventures will include opportunities for creativity, movement, and learning.
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Seed Swap!

Meet other experienced and beginner gardeners at our Zionsville Seed Swap. Saving seed to propagate your own plants is a rewarding way to expand your garden collection and share your favorites with friends.
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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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Tree of Thanks

Where does the holiday Thanksgiving come from? Learn how early Americans and Native Americans lived off the land and gave thanks for what the Earth provided.
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Trick or Trees - WAIT LIST CLOSED

Join Zionsville Parks and Recreation for our yearly family friendly Halloween event. Explore the forest and meadow in fall and collect treats along the way on our trick-or-treat trail. Come dressed in your favorite family friendly costume.
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Wild Turkeys!

Have you ever seen a wild turkey trotting around Zionsville? Join a naturalist for a chat about wild turkeys just in time for the holidays.
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Women Who Walk

Join us for Women Who Walk! 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 the others in our community!
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