November Programs

Note: Throughout November the Zion Nature Center will be collecting food items for our local Zionsville Food Pantry. Help us give back to the community one boxed or canned good at a time. We are asking that you bring one item when you visit the nature center or attend a park program. Help us make a difference for families in our community! All items are appreciated, but these items are currently in need: canned spinach, peas, mixed vegetables, applesauce, fruit cocktail, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, condensed and creamy soups, tooth brushes, tooth paste, laundry detergent, and soap.


Friday, November 11 - BAT ENCOUNTERS!



  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Community Room, Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St

Zionsville welcomes back the Organization for Bat Conservation.  These professional bat researchers from Michigan have appeared on National Geographic, the Tonight Show, Martha Stewart and more. Join us for an exciting and educational program and an opportunity to see some of the largest and rarest bats in the world up-close. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville food pantry.   


Saturday, November 12 - Project FeederWatch

  • When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

Join a citizen science program and make a difference! Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and other locales in North America. Participants periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April. The data they collect help scientists track winter bird populations. Stop in today for more information on how you can participate at home. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville food pantry.


Saturday, November 12 - Build Your Own Bird Feeder


  • Registration required via email
  • When: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
  • Ages: 6 years & up with an adult
  • Fee: $5/feeder

Discover the birds of your backyard with some fun activities. Then decorate your own bird feeder to attract birds to your backyard this winter. Registration is required as space is limited. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville food pantry.


Thursday, August 4 - Animal Adventures: Ducks and Geese

  • Ages: 3 - 6 with an adult
  • Register at zionsvillelibrary.org
  • 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 ducks, geese and how they prepare for winter. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville Food Pantry.


Saturday, November 26 - Drop-in Craft

  • When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

Family in town for the holiday weekend, and looking for something to do? Need a break from all the holiday sales and shopping? Stop in to the Zion Nature Center for a chance to relax, explore and enjoy a nature inspired craft. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville food pantry.

Sunday, November 27 - Drop-in Craft


  • When: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

Family in town for the holiday weekend, and looking for something to do? Need a break from all the holiday sales and shopping? Stop in to the Zion Nature Center for a chance to relax, explore and enjoy a nature inspired craft. We are collecting food items for the Zionsville food pantry.





bat encounters

Saturday, August 20 - Meet Our Beekeepers


  • When: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

Today is National Honey Bee Day! Stop in to the Zion Nature Center anytime from 1 - 3 p.m. Our beekeepers will be on hand to share some honey bee knowledge, answer questions and show you a few of the tools they use. Visit with the bees in our observational bee hive, make a bee craft, and don't forget to grab a bottle or two of honey to take home.


Friday, August 26 - National Dog Day Walk

  • When: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
It's National Dog Day! Grab your pooch and beat the heat along shaded park trails. Join us for an evening walk through Starkey Park and a chance to socialize with other dog owners. Dogs must be on a leash and under owner's control at all times.

Saturday, August 27 - Creekfest

  • When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Stream Cleanup starts at 9 a.m.)
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 Elm Street

Join us for a celebration of Eagle Creek, including a stream cleanup, creekstomp for kids, kayak demonstrations, music by Dumpster Drummers, activities, booths and MORE! Check out our Creekfest page for detailed information. Stream cleanup participants are encouraged to register by August 19.