Schools, Scouts and Private Programs

At the Zionsville Nature Center we are dedicated to offering high-quality environmental education programming, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.  See our options below and contact us to schedule!


Virtual EE programs

School Programs



The Zionsville Nature Center offers a variety of programs that align with current Indiana Science Standards from Preschool - 8th grade. All Zionsville Nature Center programs follow Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). Our programming utilizes methods of inquiry and hands-on activities. Our programs can be offered in-person at our parks, in your schoolyard or on your facility property, or virtually through an online, interactive presentation.  

Common topics include:
  • Animal and plant life cycles
  • Adaptations
  • Food webs and energy transfer
  • Ecosystem science
  • Plant and animal classification
  • Native vs non-native animals and plants
  • Sustainability
  • And more!  We can customize a program to meet your needs!
The Zionsville Nature Center can provide your class with official Children of Indiana Nature Park environmental curriculum as a member of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network.

Traveling Teacher Trunks

Providing hands-on experiences can have a profound effect on learning. By involving students in a total learning experience their ability to think critically is significantly enhanced. In addition, studies indicate that it increases the student's motivation to learn and enhances their perception, creativity and logic. 

Thanks to a grant from Duke Energy Foundation we are pleased to offer Traveling Teacher Trunks to teachers in the surrounding area (Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks and Marion County). Each trunk provides your classroom access to quality natural resources, information and hands-on activities. Download our Education Program Guide for more information.

Available Traveling Teacher Trunks:

  • Senses and Seasons
  • Habitats and Ecosystems
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Nature Cycles
  • Indiana Rocks (completed by end of 2018)
  • Sustainable Indiana (completed by end of 2018)
seasons teacher box

Scout Programs

Join a Naturalist for a nature hike or complete requirements for a nature related badge or journey with Zionsville Nature Center. Private den or troop programs can be scheduled on Saturdays, over school breaks or weekday afternoons (Tuesday - Friday). We can even meet with your group virtually. For availability and more information contact the Zionsville Nature Center directly.

Boy Scouts, need help completing a Merit Badge? Our Nature Center staff are Merit Badge Counselors for the following:

  • Bird Study
  • Nature
  • Environmental Science
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study

2021 Group Program Fees

Program Type Fees
Virtual Field Trip
Resident: $25 for 30-45 minutes; $45 for 45-90 minutes
Nonresident: $30; $50
Discover Your Schoolyard $50 per program; $40 for second program scheduled on same day. (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)
On-Site Program within
Zionsville Parks*
$3 per student; $50 minimum (Zionsville Area School)
$4 per student; $50 minimum (Out of Area School)
$3 per scout; $50 minimum (Zionsville Scout Group)
$4 per scout; $50 minimum (Out of Area Scout Group)
Scout Outreach Program
$50 per program (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)
Teacher Trunks
Resident: $10 for 2 week rental
Nonresident: $15 for 2 week rental
Adult/Senior Outreach Program
$50 per program (only available within Zionsville municipal limits)

*Due to COVID-19 concerns we are not currently scheduling programming within the Zionsville Nature Center.
  1. Zionsville Nature Center


    Physical Address
    250 N 5th Street
    Zionsville, IN 46077

    Phone: 317-873-8950

    The Zionsville Nature Center is located within the Youth Services Department at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.

    Hours:
    Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    CLOSED Sunday & Monday