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
turtle stump revised
Thank you to all those that have helped us towards reaching our goal, 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!


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
We Reached Our Goal!

A huge thank you to all that showed support in building a new home for our eastern box turtles at the Zion Nature Center. The turtles are currently lodged in a large plywood box that makes it challenging for programming with groups and families. In order to observe the turtles, children must step up on stools, or smaller children need to be lifted to view the turtle habitat.

Through donations, we raised $9,500 for the new exhibit, signage and accompanying educational programming. The new tree stump exhibit is set for completion in May 2017.

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