Schools, Scouts, and Private Programs

At the Zionsville Nature Center, we are dedicated to offering high-quality environmental education programming. See our options below and contact us to schedule!

School Programs

The Zionsville Nature Center offers a variety of programs that align with current Indiana Science Standards from Preschool - 8th grade. All Zionsville Nature Center programs follow Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). Our programming utilizes methods of inquiry and hands-on activities. Our programs can be offered in-person at our parks, in your schoolyard or on your facility property, or virtually through an online, interactive presentation.  See below for more information.  
The Zionsville Nature Center can provide your class with official Children of Indiana Nature Park environmental curriculum as a member of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network.
2021 School Program Brochure pg 1
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Scout Programs

Join a Naturalist for a nature hike or complete requirements for a nature related badge or journey with Zionsville Nature Center. Private den or troop programs can be scheduled on Saturdays, over school breaks, or weekday afternoons (Tuesday - Friday). We can even meet with your group virtually. For availability and more information contact the Zionsville Nature Center directly.

We currently don't have any Naturalist staff who are active Merit Badge Counselors. Check back in the future as we hope to once again offer this service to our community.

Senior Centers, Garden Clubs, & Other Community Groups

Zionsville Nature Center offers programs to a variety of community groups and organizations! Whether it is a live animal presentation at a senior center, a native plant walk for a garden club, or a guided hike for a local organization- we can help! Contact us today and we can discuss your program needs.  

2021 Group Program Fees

Program Type Fees
Virtual Field Trip
Resident: $25 for 30-45 minutes; $45 for 45-90 minutes
Nonresident: $30; $50
Outreach/Discover Your Schoolyard $50 per program; $40 for second program scheduled on same day. (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)
On-Site Program within
Zionsville Parks*
$3 per student; $50 minimum (Zionsville Area School)
$4 per student; $50 minimum (Out of Area School)
$3 per scout; $50 minimum (Zionsville Scout Group)
$4 per scout; $50 minimum (Out of Area Scout Group)
Scout Outreach Program
$50 per program (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)
Teacher Trunks
Resident: $10 for 2 week rental
Nonresident: $15 for 2 week rental
Adult/Senior Outreach Program
$50 per program (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)
  1. Zionsville Nature Center

    Physical Address
    250 N 5th Street
    Zionsville, IN 46077

    Phone: 317-873-8950

    The Zionsville Nature Center is located within the Youth Services Department at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.

    Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    CLOSED Sunday & Monday