May Programs

Saturday, May 2 - EDDMapS Mapping Invasives

  • When: 1 – 2 p.m
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 8 years and up with an adult
  • Registration required

Invasive species degrade our natural habitats and impact our local parks. Early Detection and Distribution Mapping (EDDMapS) is a powerful Citizen Science tool that maps and identify invasive plants in our area. We’ll explore how to create your own account, what the information is used for and then learn how to identify some of our common invasive species. Bring your smartphone or other internet ready device.

Wednesday, May 6 - Monthly Bird Walk

  • When: 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
  • 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, May 8 - Mommy & Me: Seeds

  • When: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Ages: 1 – 3 years with an adult
  • Register beginning May 1

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.

Thursday, May 14 - Toddler Trek

  • When: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Trail Park, 4050 S 875 E
  • 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, May 16 - Water Wonders

Our local waterways are filled with interesting creatures.  Join us to learn more about the animals living in the water around us and head out for a hike to see what we can discover.  Please wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and muddy. 

Wednesday, May 20 - 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 May 18)
  • Registration 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.  

Saturday, May 23 - World Turtle Day

  • When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

It’s World Turtle Day! We’re shell-e-brating all day at the Zion Nature Center with turtle themed activities and opportunities to meet and learn about our local Indiana turtle species.  Drop-in anytime, stay for as long as you like.

Nature Center Open

Friday, May 29 - Zion Nature Center OPEN

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

Summer break has officially begun. The Zion Nature Center will be open on Fridays through the end of July. Stop in and visit us!

Saturday, May 30 - Pizza Garden

Who doesn’t love pizza? Better than delivery, create your own homemade pizza with ingredients fresh from the garden. We’ll construct our own container pizza garden from start to finish. Participants will have a chance to decorate their pot and then plant it with fresh herbs and vegetables such as tomato, basil, and oregano. We’ll explore some tips and tricks on keeping your pizza garden growing throughout the season, and how to expand your garden once you get home.