Zionsville Nature Play Days

From June 9th to 17th, 2018 Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is encouraging everyone across the state to participate in Nature Play Day events. The goal of Nature Play Days is to get kids outside and remind families that nature play is important and can happen close to home.

Kids! Pick up your Zionsville Nature Play Day Passport at the Zion Nature Center and become a Nature Play Day Superstar! Collect a stamp at each program you attend. Collect three stamps and turn your completed form into the Zion Nature Center by June 30 for a chance to win our Nature Play Day Fun Pack. Bonus! The first 100 kids to turn in their completed form receive an insect net.

Zionsville Nature Play Days are made possible by a grant from Duke Energy.

Saturday, June 9 - Bike with a Cop

Join the Zionsville Police Department for this 5 mile family
friendly bike ride along the Big-4 Rail Trail. Be sure to wear
your bicycle safety equipment and pack some water.

Saturday, June 9 - Campfire and S’mores

Enjoy an evening hike through the Zion Nature Sanctuary.
We will end the evening enjoying gooey s’mores around
the campfire.

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teddy bear picnic

Sunday, June 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic

  • Registration is required
  • When: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lincoln Park, 41 S. 2nd Street
    Grab your favorite stuffed friend and your lunch and join us for a picnic on the grass. After lunch we’re going on a
    bear hunt!

Sunday, June 10 - Family Dog Walk

  • When: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Big-4 Rail Trail, 1100 W. Oak Street

Grab your favorite furry family member and join us on a group dog walk. We’ll explore the sights and sounds along the Big-4 Rail Trail. The trail is stroller accessible.

Monday, June 11 - Bug Safari

  • When: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 N. Elm Street

Bring your bug net, or borrow one of ours. We’re going on a safari in our backyard. Join us as we search high and low for six and eight-legged creatures.

Monday, June 11 - Fire Station Kickball

  • When: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Station 91, 100 N. Ford Road

Join the Zionsville Fire Department crew at Station 91 for a memorable game of kickball! There will be activities for all ages. Come ready for a good time!

Tuesday, June 12 - Squirt Gun Painting

  • When: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Create your own artwork with nature and a squirt gun. We recommend you wear clothing that can get stained. Drop-in anytime and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Tuesday, June 12 - Creekstomp

  • Registration is required
  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Creekside Nature Park, 11001 E. Sycamore Street
  • Ages: 4 years and up with an adult

Join us as we explore Eagle Creek. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Nets and buckets are provided.

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dad and me

Wednesday, June 13 - Maplelawn Open House

  • When: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Maplelawn Farmstead, 9575 Whitestown Road

You’re invited to the Farmstead for a tour and children’s crafts and activities that help you explore and discover what it was like on a 1930s Depression Era Farmstead.

Wednesday, June 13 - Dad & Me Story Hike

Celebrate Father’s Day with a walk in the park! Meet at the Library for stories, then head over to the Nature Sanctuary for a nice long storywalk. Dress for the weather. Moms are welcome, too.

Thursday, June 14 - Fantastic Frisbee Fun

  • When: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Akard True Value Hardware & Rentals, 25 Boone Village

Kids of all ages can make your own unique and colorful Frisbee with your friends at Akard True Value to celebrate Zionsville Nature Play Days. Frisbees are free (limit one per person) and supplies are limited so come early and join the fun! In addition, enjoy our new inflatable obstacle course...and more!

Thursday, June 14- Outdoor Umbrella Storytime

Bring your umbrella to enjoy stories outside rain or shine!

Friday, June 15 - Recycling Superheroes

  • Registration is required
  • When: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 N. Elm Street
  • Ages: 6 - 8 years with an adult

Join the Boone County Solid Waste Management District as we discover how to become recycling superheroes! We’ll read the book Michael Recycle and then participate in a recycling relay race!

Friday, June 15 - Boundless Bubbles

  • Register at www.zionsvillelibrary.org
  • When: 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 205 N. 5th Street
  • Ages: 3 years and up with an adult

Listen to the funny story Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
then test our bubble solutions outside. We will see what kind of bubbles you can make with fun items in nature or the recycle bin.

storytime grass

Saturday, June 16 - Mandala Sidewalk Painting

  • Register at www.sullivanmunce.org
  • When: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.
  • Ages: 7 years and up with an adult

Set your creativity free by designing and painting colorful outdoor sidewalk mandalas! Themes such as nature, geometric shapes, animals and more. Drop-in any time and let your imagination soar while creating beautiful public art for all to enjoy.

Saturday, June 16 - Wetland Explorers

  • When: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Join the Zion Nature Center staff as we explore what flies, crawls and hops in the wetland. Wear clothes that can get muddy and wet. Nets and buckets are provided.

Sunday, June 17 - Nature I Spy

  • When: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street

Explore nature with this family friendly scavenger hunt. Pick up your clue card at the Zion Nature Center. Finish the hunt to claim a prize.

Sunday, June 17 - Tree-rific Dad!

Celebrate Father’s Day by making a tree-rific gift for dad. Learn more about trees as you create a tree cookie key chain, coaster or magnet for dad’s special day.