April Programs

Saturday, April 1 - Garlic Mustard: Eat it to Beat it!



  • Registration is required via email
  • When: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
Garlic mustard is an invasive plant first brought to America by European settlers in the 1800s. They enjoyed eating it because of its zesty garlic-like flavor. They had no idea the future impact this plant would have on native plants and animals. There are hundreds of ways to cook with garlic mustard. We will enjoy a few recipes while exploring the life cycle of garlic mustard, the impacts it has to our natural environments, and discover how you can help Zionsville Parks remove the plant. Registration is required as space is limited.


Tuesday, April 4 - Zion Nature Center OPEN



  • When: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

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


Thursday, April 6 - Zion Nature Center OPEN


  • When: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center

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

pull for parks 2017

April is Pull for Parks Month!


We are searching for groups 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.

Pull for Parks Email Blast


Individuals can sign up to receive our Pull for Parks email blasts. Throughout the month of April, when the weather looks favorable, we will plan garlic mustard pulls at several of our Zionsville Parks. Participants will be notified 24 hours in advance. Dress for the weather, and bring a good pair of garden gloves!

If interested in joining the email list or scheduling a group workday contact Park Naturalist, Mindy Murdock, at the Zion Nature Center via email.

Saturday, April 8 - Incredible Eggs


  • Registration is required via email
  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years with an adult

Eggs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We’ll discover what animals come from eggs, some egg-cellent science, and go on an egg hunt around the Nature Center. Finally, create your own egg craft to take home. Registration is required as space is limited.


Friday, April 21 - Animal Adventures: Trees

  • 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 the lives of trees and who uses them.


Saturday, April 29 - Starkey Park Project

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

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.

zgreenfest2017
sparrow workshop