Starkey Nature Park at 72 acres, is the largest park in Zionsville. Starkey Park is named for Lucile Starkey who bequeathed a major portion of the land to the Town in 1974 for use as a nature park.
The park features wooded bottom land along Eagle Creek, prairie meadow plantings through the power line right away and forest in mixture of growth patterns.
The iNaturalist project is ongoing. Anyone can submit observations through the iNaturalist App. This project is a way for the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department to gather a list of the plants and animals that utilize the habitats of Starkey Park both year round, seasonally or for different stages of their lives. The list of species gathered will provide background information for future conservation and educational programs.
April is Pull for Parks Month
We are searching for groups interested in helping with our annual Pull for Parks April.
Zionsville area scouts, church groups, civic organizations and classes are encouraged to help Zionsville Parks remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas.
Interested groups contact the Zion Nature Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your group pull.
Zionsville Bike Challenge
May 20 - June 30, 2019
Free to join, four challenge levels, and chances to win weekly prizes.
Zionsville Parks and Recreation and Zionsville Triathlon Team have teamed up again for the 5th annual Zionsville Bike Challenge. Join us for group rides throughout the month. Details will be emailed to participants. Complete your challenge level and win a t-shirt. How many miles can you do?
Family Fun (90 minutes per week)
200 miles in 6 weeks
400 miles in 6 weeks
600 miles in 6 weeks
Zion Nature Center Summer Day Camps
For detailed information on 2019 Summer Day Camp dates, and times click here Camp registration OPENS Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration must be completed in person at: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street, Zionsville, IN 46077.
To register please bring:
Completed registration forms – one per child
Check payable to Zionsville Parks, exact cash amount or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover are accepted)
Camp fees are non-refundable. Registration form and payment must be received during registration to secure your child’s spot. Mail-in registration will not be accepted. Children must be correct age at start of their camp. Registration forms are available by clickingHERE, or can be picked up at the Zion Nature Center during normal business hours (Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 12 – 5 p.m.)
Heritage Trail Park (40 plots available)
4050 S 875 E
For specific Creekfest event information click here.
Join us for our annual celebration of Eagle Creek through recreation, stewardship and education. Creekfest features activities for all ages including a stream cleanup, kayak demonstrations, DNR Backyard Bass Casting Station, Creekstomp for Kids, educational booths, activities and much more. Participants may register their group or family to participate in the stream cleanup or just show up for the fun and festivities!
Tails on the Trails
Tails on the Trails runs September 1 - October 31, 2019.
For specific Tails on the Trails information click here.
Tails on the Trails is an opportunity for you and your dog to stay active.
Look for weekly Tails on the Trails Tips on our Facebook page, and share your experience #tailsonthetrails.
Tails on the Trails participants will be emailed their Paws-Port, which lists the 8 walks as well as group dog walk schedule.
Zionsville Nature Play Days
Zionsville Nature Play Days run June 8 - 16, 2019
Nature Play Days programs and participating organizations will be posted soon!
From June 8th to 16th, 2019 Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is encouraging everyone across the state to participate in Nature Play Day events. The goal of Nature Play Days is to get kids outside and remind families that nature play is important and can happen close to home.