April Programs

Tuesday, April 3 & Thursday, April 5 - Zion Nature Center OPEN



  • When: 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
We're OPEN! Visit the Zion Nature Center this spring break.

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Tuesday, April 3 - Egg-ceptional Eggs



  • Register
  • When: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
Eggs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Discover what animals come from eggs, explore some egg-cellent science, and go on an egg hunt around the Nature Center. Finally, create your own egg craft to take home.


Saturday, April 7 - Spring Wildflowers


  • When: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

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.

Thursday, April 19 - Monthly Dog Walk

  • When: 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the forest in spring during our monthly dog walk. Starkey Park comes alive with spring wildflowers, birds singing and great views of Eagle Creek.

Friday, April 20 - Animal Adventures: Life in Trees

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

Meet at the Library for story time fun. Afterwards, we will walk to the Zion Nature Center to discover the lives of trees and who uses them.

Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day Craft

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

Out exploring in the parks, looking for something to do over the weekend, or need to take a break from helping with our Pull for Parks? Stop in at the Zion Nature Center to create a recycled craft. We’re celebrating Earth Day!

Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22 - Pull for Parks Blitz

April is Pull for Parks Month! We are searching for groups and individuals interested in helping with our annual Pull for Parks this April. Zionsville area scouts, church groups, civic organizations and classes are encouraged to help Zionsville Parks remove invasive garlic mustard from target areas.

Last year, volunteers removed 219 trash bags of garlic mustard from our forests. Let’s beat that number, and help our parks.

Individuals and groups, sign up for this year’s Pull for Parks Blitz, happening Earth Day Weekend. Garlic Mustard pulls will occur at different times throughout the Zionsville Parks during the two day event.

Join us and pull at one park, or several parks. A list of parks and times will be sent to registered participants in April.

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Spring Warbler Workshop

Wednesday, April 25 - Spring Warbler ID Workshop

Get ready for spring warbler migration with Rob Ripma and Zion Nature Center! Join Rob for a classroom session to learn some tips and tricks for identifying the warblers that you’ll see this spring. While warblers in their fresh and brightly colored spring plumage might not seem quite as tricky as warblers in the fall, there’s still plenty to learn. After this classroom session, Rob will lead the group on a hike a few days later at Starkey Park (Saturday, April 28) to look for early migrating warblers and practice our new identification skills. 


Friday, April 27 - Mommy & Me: Wildflowers

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. Due to school being in session, parking is not available at the Zion Nature Center. We will meet at the elementary school gates at 9:30 a.m. and walk to the Nature Center together.

Saturday, April 28 - Spring Warbler Walk

  • When: 7:30 - 10 a.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive

This is part two of Wednesday, April 25 Spring Warbler ID Workshop.


Saturday, April 28 - Spring Wildflowers

  • 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.