May Programs

Wednesday, May 3 - Spring Bird Walk

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive

Come out to Starkey Park to witness the incredible bird migration that occurs in the park. Expert birder Rob Ripma will lead you in search of resident birds and migrants on a walk for both beginning and advanced birders.

Friday, May 5 - Animal Adventures: Microscopic Animals

  • Ages: 3 - 6 years with an adult
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  • When: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library and Zion Nature Center

Meet at the Library for story time fun. Afterwards, we will walk to the Zion Nature Center to discover microscopic life all around us.

Saturday, May 6 - Family FUN Ride

  • When: 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 Elm Street

Join the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department and Nebo Ridge Bicycles for our annual Bicycle Family Fun Ride at Elm Street Green. The day will include:

9 a.m. Bicycle Safety Check – A Certified Bicycle Mechanic will be on hand to inspect your bike and make sure you are ready for a summer of riding.

10 a.m. Family Fun Ride – A 7 mile loop through the parks and trails in Zionsville. There is an optional 3 mile extension to Heritage Trail Park.

Parking is limited at Elm Street Green.

Saturday, May 20 - Birthday and Box Turtles!

  • When: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

The Zion Nature Center is celebrating 15 years and you're invited to the party! We can't think of a better gift to received than our completed box turtle exhibit.
Join us for a birthday bash filled with crafts, games, activities, opportunities to meet our nature center animals and so much more.
Did we mention the debut of our new tree stump exhibit?

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

Saturday, May 27 - Starkey Park Project

  • When: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive

Observations are being collected with iNaturalist throughout 2017 to help Zionsville Parks and Recreation have a better understanding of the species and habitats that thrive within Starkey Park. Bring your smart phone or camera and join Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock as she explores the seasonal changes in the park.

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Birthday and Box Turtles