Did you know that Zionsville is the second community in the nation and the first community in Indiana to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat? For 24 years, Zionsville has been designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
The team that has been part of this certification originally and currently includes Zionsville residents Coralie Palmer, Elizabeth Mueller, Myrene Brown and Nancy Carpenter.
The National Wildlife Federation's Community Wildlife Habitat program started in 1997, empowers communities to take action for wildlife in their own communities. To achieve certification, there are two requirements. First, you must provide habitat for wildlife throughout the community – where people live, work, learn, play and worship. Second, you must do outreach to educate residents about wildlife conservation and sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants and trees, composting and more.
In November of 2023, Zionsville was honored as an IDEM Clean Community Program – Silver Status.
In October of 2023, the Zionsville Parks Foundation received a Duke Energy Foundation Grant of $14,970 to establish 1.8 acres of pollinator meadows at the Zionsville Golf Course.
In October of 2023, the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department acquired the Carpenter Nature Preserve.
In June of 2023, the Zionsville Parks Foundation planted $1,500 worth of milkweed plugs along Big-4 Rail Trail northern section thanks to a grant from Monarch Watch.
In April of 2023, families, individuals and organizations in the community donated 69 trees and one bench along the Big-4 Rail Trail northern section.
People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville (PZAZ) hosts the annual Z’ Tree of the Year contest to celebrate Zionsville’s Tree City designation.
The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department hosts the annual Butterfly Trail in celebration of the NWF Mayors Monarch Pledge Leadership Circle and our conservation and environmental education efforts.
The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department hosts the annual Zionsville Greenfest in honor of Earth Day.
The Zionsville Nature Center continues to provide a place for the Zionsville community to maintain an active role in their native environment through educational and inquiry-based programs and activities.