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Zion Nature Center
Founded in 2002, the Zion Nature Center is a small, one-building location that provides educational programs about the environment and wildlife. The location, which is directly under the control of the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department, is relatively small, so it can become crowded during peak times like the weekends in summer. Still, it is a wonderful place for kids and families alike to learn about the Earth and its inhabitants.
There are a number of events for families throughout the year. In the past, group events have had activities like hiking, crafting and bird watching. The Zion Nature Center website has a full list of upcoming events at the center. Group programs are also available to adult groups, scouts groups and school groups. Programs at the Zion Nature Center use Developmentally Appropriate Practices, or DAP, to maximize the educational experience of visitors.
There are a number of day and overnight camps held throughout the summer, featuring activities such as hiking, campfires and wetland exploration. While many summer camp events are for multiple days, there are options to do day camps for just one day. Parents should contact the Zion Nature Center for a full list of summer camp events.
The Zion Nature Center hosts birthday parties between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturdays and noon and 4:00pm on Sundays. There is a $125 fee for a birthday party. The Zion Nature Center does not provide food, so it should be brought to the party. Party guests can enjoy a 30 to 45 minute demonstration of topics including birds, salamanders, reptiles and frogs.
The Zion Nature Center is taking donations for an Eastern Box Turtle Exhibit. In total, they need about $9,500 for the exhibit. Currently, the turtles are in a large wooden box, making it difficult to educate visitors about them. As of February 2016, the Zion Nature Center has received about $3,000 in donations from local groups including Union Elementary’s First Grade Class and Tri Kappa of Zionsville. Additionally, residents can join the Friend s of Zion Nature Center. This group coordinates donations and volunteering at the center.
Contact Information and Hours
The Zion Nature Center is located at 690 Beech Street right by Eagle Elementary. They are open Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On Sundays, they open at noon and close at 5:00pm. They are occasionally open on weekdays during the summer months. It is easily accessible to visitors from all over the Northside. Fishers residents can get there in about 25 minutes, while it is just a quick 10 minute drive from western Carmel.
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