Zion Nature Center

The Zion Nature Center encourages Zionsville and Central Indiana families to take an active role in their native environment through educational and inquiry-based programs and activities.
The Zion Nature Center was founded in 2002 through the dedicated efforts of the Zionsville Parks Department and the Friends of Zion Nature Center. The Zion Nature Center is located on the grounds of Eagle Elementary in Zionsville and adjacent to the Zion Nature Sanctuary. Because of our location there is limited program availability during school days and hours.
A brick house that is not the Nature Center
finished painting exhibit
Birthday and Box Turtles


Exhibits within the Nature Center focus on local Indiana habitats and wildlife. In addition to exhibits, several educational animals are on display including turtles, snakes, and amphibians.

Eastern Box Turtle Exhibit

The exhibit is being constructed by Blue Rhino Studio and will be unveiled at our 15th year celebration on May 20!

Birthday & Box Turtles Schedule:

1:00 p.m. - Meet and learn about our box turtles
1:30 p.m. - Welcome and official remarks.
New exhibit is unveiled and the box turtles are introduced to their new home.
1:45 p.m. - Crafts and Activities start
2:00 p.m. - Meet and learn about our snakes
2:30 p.m. - It's not a party without CAKE!
2:45 p.m. - Crafts and Activities continue
3:00 p.m. - Learn about our aquatic turtles
3:30 p.m. - Meet and learn about our amphibians

Thank you to all that showed support in building a new home for our eastern box turtles including:
Friends of Zion Nature Center
Union Elementary 1st Grade Class of 2015-2016
Tri Kappa Zionsville
Zion Nature Center October Rummage Sale
Afshan Paarlberg
Murdock Family
Donation in Memory of Kathy Clark
Donation in Memory of Jordan Minnigan
Union Elementary PTO
In Honor of Lucas Steffey's 10th Birthday
Jack Ulbright's Lemonade Stand
...and many many more!

Park E-Newsletter

If you’d like to receive our Park E-Newsletter, information about Zionsville Parks, Zion Nature Center, and other park news, please sign up online.