February Programs

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Saturdays in February - Junior Naturalists

Kids, here is your chance to become a Naturalist for a day. Work with our staff to clean and feed the Zion Nature Center’s turtles, snakes and other educational animals.  

Saturday, February 1 - Owl Prowl

  • When: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Winter is one of the best times of the year to spot owls. Come learn about the different owls that make their home in Zionsville and head out with a Naturalist to hopefully observe some in the wild.  Dress for the weather.

Wednesday, February 5 - Toddler Trek

  • Registration required
  • When: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Creekside Nature Park, 11001 East Sycamore Street
  • Ages: 5 years and under with an adult

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, February 15 - Great Backyard Bird Count

  • When: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Each year more than 200,000 people from around the world participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Join the Zion Nature Center this weekend as we record the number of bird species around the Nature Center and within the Zion Nature Sanctuary.

Wednesday, February 19 - Knee-High Naturalists

  • Register beginning February 1
  • 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 February 16)

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. 

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Saturday, February 22 - Living Soil, Healthy Garden

Soil is so much more than dirt. Healthy soil is the foundation of every yard and garden. Your garden’s soil is a living ecosystem that needs to be protected and nourished. We will get down and dirty on soil facts, soil testing and how to maintain and help the community within your soil thrive.

Wednesday, February 26 - The Nature of Teaching

Explore Purdue Extension’s The Nature of Teaching curriculum, which includes formal standards-based lessons and informal activity-based lessons around nature and natural resources.  The curricula include three signature programs: Wildlife, Health and Wellness, and Food Waste.  Workshop participants will not only learn about The Nature of Teaching, but act out several of the activities, network and collaborate with other educators, and walk away with a folder of resources to use in their programs. For more information about The Nature of Teaching, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/nature/Pages/default.aspx

Friday, February 28 - Mommy & Me: Snails

Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy & Me classes!  Each month will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts, and nature exploration.

Saturday, February 29 - Leap Day Drop-in

  • When: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Celebrate Leap Day by learning about the animals in nature that make big leaps!  Drop-in anytime between 1 – 3 p.m. to make your own leaping creature to take home.