April Programs

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Wednesday, April 1 - Monthly Bird Walk 

  • When: 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Trail Park, 4050 S 875 E
  • Ages: Adults

Join a Naturalist on the first Wednesday morning of every month for a casual hike to spot birds in our local parks.  This is a great way to explore Zionsville’s parks while learning about the birds who call our town home.  All experience levels welcome.  We will have a few binoculars and field guides available to borrow.  Dress for the weather.  Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile.  Follow our Facebook page for updates.  Program will be cancelled in heavy rain or severe weather.

Friday, April 3 - Zion Nature Center OPEN

  • When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

We’re OPEN! Visit us at the Zion Nature Center this spring break.

Friday, April 3 - Fantastic Frogs

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

Spring is a great time to look for frogs!  Drop in anytime from 1:00 – 4:00 pm to learn about our local frog friends and make your own frog to take home.

Saturday, April 4 - Birding for Beginners

  • When: 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 12 years and up with an adult
  • Registration is required

Do you want to learn more about birds but don’t know where to start?  This introductory class will cover identification of common backyard birds, binocular use, and how to attract birds to your yard.  The program will be both indoors and outdoors.  Please bring binoculars if you have your own, or you can borrow a pair of ours. 

Wednesday, April 8 - Certified Wildlife Habitat Workshop 

Aaron Stump, Habitat Programs Manager with Indiana Wildlife Federation, presents a unique educational opportunity for individuals interested in protecting the natural beauty and local wildlife of Indiana. Participants will learn about native plants and animals, explore the links between their communities and ecosystems, and discover how to create wildlife-friendly habitat.

Friday, April 10 - Mommy & Me: Nests

Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy & Me classes! Each month we will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts and nature exploration.

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Saturday, April 11 - Birds of Prey

  • When: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Where: St. Vincent Community Room, Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak Street

Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education and his magnificent birds of prey are returning to Zionsville. Hawks, owls, falcons, and other raptors have long held our imagination. See what it’s like to be hawk-eyed or falcon-fast by meeting these magnificent predators up close and hearing the stories of our shared history.

Wednesday, April 15 - Pull for Parks

  • When: 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Register here
  • The location of this public pull will be decided closer to the date.

April is pull for parks month! We are searching for groups and individuals interested in helping remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas in the Zionsville Parks.

Saturday, April 18 - Spring Wildflower Walk 

  • When: 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive

Every week brings new wildflower blooms along our forest trails. Join Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock as we discover what’s blooming this week. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture their beauty.

Saturday, April 18 - Pull for Parks

  • When: 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Register here
  • The location of this public pull will be decided closer to the date.

April is pull for parks month! We are searching for groups and individuals interested in helping remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas in the Zionsville Parks. 

Wednesday, April 22 - Toddler Trek

  • When: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
  • Ages: 5 years and under with an adult
  • Registration required

Spending time outdoors has numerous benefits for a child’s physical and emotional well-being.  Each month we will meet at different Zionsville parks to play, explore, and watch the seasons change. Toddler Trek is rain or shine (with the exception of severe weather). Dress for the weather and be prepared to get moving!

Saturday, April 25 - Make Your Own Worm Bin

Did you know that worms are nature’s best composters?  Vermicomposting is a great way to reduce your environmental impact while also harvesting natural fertilizers for your plants and gardens.  In this workshop, you’ll make your own worm bin to take home, learn how to maintain it, and learn how to harvest castings for your plants.  All supplies provided, including the worms! 

Wednesday, April 29 - Knee-High Naturalists

  • When: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 3 – 5 years (Children must be fully potty-trained)
  • Fee: $10 (Payment due by April 27)
  • Registration is required

Knee-high Naturalists is our new, monthly series for the youngest nature enthusiasts!  In this drop-off program, children will learn all about the wonders of nature with our Naturalists.  Similar to our summer camps, activities will take place both inside and outside the Zion Nature Center.  This program will provide a hands-on, nature-based educational experience for your child. 

Thursday, April 30 - Pull for Parks

  • When: 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Register here
  • The location of this public pull will be decided closer to the date.

April is pull for parks month! We are searching for groups and individuals interested in helping remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas in the Zionsville Parks. 

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