Schools, Scouts, and Private 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.  We can customize our programs to meet your needs or requirements. See below for more information. 
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    Common program topics include:

    • Animal and plant life cycles
    • Adaptations
    • Food webs and energy transfers
    • Ecosystem science
    • Plant and animal classification
    • Native vs non-native animals and plants
    • Sustainability
    • And more!

    When scheduling, please keep in mind:

    • Date you are interested in, and an alternate date
    • Location of the program (your school, the nature center, a Zionsville park, or virtual)
    • Program topic
    • Estimated number of participants and their age/grade
    • There is no fee for teachers or chaperones
    • Outreach programs (to your location) must take place within Zionsville
    • Program requests must be made a minimum of 2-weeks before your preferred date.

    Traveling Teacher Trunks

    Traveling Teacher Trunks provide your classroom access to quality natural resources, information and hands-on activities using natural artifacts and tools. These resources enrict the basic information and reference materials found in classroom textbooks.

    Available Traveling Teacher Trunks:

    • Senses and Seasons (Preschool - K)
    • Habitats and Ecosystems (K, 1st, 4th, 6th)
    • Animal Adaptations (K - 5th, 8th)
    • Nature Cycles (K - 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th)
    • Indiana Rocks (1st - 5th, 7th)
    • Sustainable Indiana (K, 4th - 8th)
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    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. Program requests must be made a minimum of 2-weeks before your preferred date.

    We currently don't have any Naturalist staff who are active Merit Badge Counselors. Check back in the future as we hope to once again offer this service to our community.

    Senior Centers, Garden Clubs, & Other Community Groups

    Zionsville Nature Center offers programs to a variety of community groups and organizations! Whether it is a live animal presentation at a senior center, a native plant walk for a garden club, or a guided hike for a local organization- we can help! Contact us today and we can discuss your program needs.  

    2022 Group Program Fees

    Program Type Fees
    Virtual Field Trip
    Resident: $25 for 30-45 minutes; $45 for 45-90 minutes
    Nonresident: $30; $50
    Outreach/Discover Your Schoolyard $50 per program (only available within Zionsville municipal limits) $40 each additional program scheduled for same date.
    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) $40 each additional program scheduled for same date.

    Note: For all private programs requests must be made a minimum of 2-weeks before your preferred date.

    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