May Programs

Thursday, April 29 & Saturday, May 1 - Nature 101: Birding for Beginners

  • When: Thursday Webinar 6 - 7 pm, Saturday Field Day 9 - 10 am
  • Registration Required, Thursday participants will be emailed a Zoom link
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive (Saturday Field Day)
  • Ages: 8 & Up

Do you want to learn more about birds but don’t know where to start? This introductory class will cover identification of common backyard birds, binocular use, and how to attract birds to your yard. This program features a Thursday evening webinar with an optional Saturday morning field day to practice what you’ve learned.


Sunday, May 2 - Birds of Prey

  • Registration Required
  • When: 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Mulberrry Fields, 9645 Whitestown Road
  • Ages: 3 and over with an adult Children must remain seated to participate

Bird Zionsville Week comes to a close with a visit from Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education and his magnificent birds of prey. Hawks, owls, falcons, and other raptors have long held our imagination. See what it’s like to be hawk-eyed or falcon-fast by meeting these magnificent predators up close and hearing the stories of our shared history.


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Tuesday, May 4 - Toddler Trek

  • Registration Required
  • When: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Where: Turkey Foot Nature Park, 4795 Turkeyfoot Rd
  • Ages: 5 & under w/adult

Spending time outdoors has numerous benefits for a child’s physical and emotional well-being. During our Toddler Treks, we will meet at different Zionsville parks to play, explore, and watch the seasons change. Toddler Trek is rain or shine (except for severe weather). Dress for the weather and be prepared to get moving!

 

Wednesday, May 5th - Art in Nature - Nature Paint Brushes

  • Registration Required
  • When: 4 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 N. Elm Street

Create your own unique art using natural materials in this exciting art series. Each of our Art in Nature programs start off on an easy hike with a Naturalist to explore one of our parks and to collect materials. Afterwards, create your own masterpiece with different mediums such as leaves, mud, pinecones, and so much more!

Join us for this Art in Nature at Elm Street Green to learn about spring plants coming up and use them as paintbrushes!

 

Friday, May 7 - Morning Bird Walk

  • Registration Required
  • When: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Turkey Foot Nature Park, 4795 Turkeyfoot Rd
  • Ages: 12 & up

Start your morning with a hike to spot birds! Join a Naturalist for a hike to see who’s fluttering around. All levels of birding experience welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few available to borrow.

Wednesday, May 12 - Nature 101: Cicadas

  • Registration Required. Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.
  • When: 6 - 7 p.m.

Do you want to learn more about Natural History Topics? Check out our Monthly Nature 101 Workshop Series. Each month Naturalists from Zionsville Nature Center or guest speakers will present on a variety of nature topics.

You’ve heard the hype- Brood X is coming! After 17 years underground, these periodic cicadas will emerge by the millions in central Indiana this summer. Join us for a virtual lesson to learn more about these amazing insects and their life cycle, dispel rumors, and get a better understanding of what to expect this summer!

 

Thursday, May 13th - Magnificent Hummingbirds

  • Registration Required
  • When: 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N. 5th Street

Ever wonder what makes hummingbirds so unique? Join a naturalist at the Library 6th Street entrance to discover more about these tiny, nectar-drinking birds.  Explore the Zion Nature Sanctuary as you learn about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird before heading back to the Nature Center to watch the hummingbird feeder! 

 

Saturday, May 15 - Kids to Parks Day

  • Registration Required
  • When: 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr

Join us for a fun hike in Starkey Park to celebrate Kids to Parks Day! Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. The day connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands through thousands of park events that promote discovery and exploration in the great outdoors.

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Wednesday, May 19 - Blooms and Pollinators - CANCELLED

  • Registration Required
  • When: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr.

From flowers to trees, and even to our food, pollinators play a vital role for us and the environment! Join a naturalist from Zionsville Nature Center to explore the prairie and forest to find these unique pollinators and the flowers they love!

 

Thursday, May 20 - Animal Lunch Time

  • Registration Required
  • When: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N. 5th Street

What does a turtle eat for lunch?  How about a salamander? Join us for this monthly program and get an up close look at how we feed and care for our resident live animals!


Saturday, May 22 - Wetland Wonders

  • Registration Required
  • When: 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Sanctuary, 690 Beech Street (meet at the 6th St entrance of the Library to walk to the Sanctuary)
  • Ages: Ages 5 & up

Wetlands are such an important part of our ecosystem! Join us for an exploration of the Zion Nature Sanctuary wetland to discover how wetlands help people, what animals live in a wetland, and see who we can find! Dress to get wet and muddy. 

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Thursday, May 27 - Cicada Safari

  • Registration Required
  • When: 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr

The cicadas are here! Let’s hike through Starkey Park to see if we can find any of the Brood X periodic cicadas making their appearance in the park. We will learn about the 17 year life cycle and how their emergence affects the whole ecosystem.

 

Saturday, May 29 - Turtle Tracks

  • Registration Required
  • When: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N. 5th Street

Did you know there are 18 species of turtles in Indiana? Come meet a few different species and learn what makes them special!