1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29 — Monarch Watch
Explore the fascinating life of a monarch butterfly. Discover how you can help scientists collect data as part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. We will learn how to identify monarch eggs, caterpillars and milkweed. Learn what it takes to set up a Monarch habitat in your backyard. Registration is required as space is limited. Event at Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St.
7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 3 — Monthly Dog Walk
What a great way for you and your dog to get out and socialize during one of our monthly group dog walks. Show your patriotic spirit and feel free to dress in red, white and blue. Don’t forget bug spray. Mulberry Fields Park, 9645 Whitestown Road.
6 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 12 — Nocturnal Nature Camp
Join Nature Center staff to explore the park at dark for nocturnal activities and a hike. Then end the evening enjoying a crackling campfire and roasting marshmallows. Registration required. For ages 8-14. Fee $20.
1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13 — Perfect Plant Labels
Plant labels are a must to help identify plants, whether you’re growing food or want to avoid losing your bulbs every year! However, store bought labels can get expensive. Looking for some inspiration for DIY plant labels? Plant markers are quick and easy to make. We’ll explore different options repurposing everyday items, and get create making a few labels to take home. Registration is required as space is limited. The event will be at the nature center.
1 to 4 p.m., July 15 through 19 — Biologist Boot Camp
Pull on those hiking boots and prepare for a week of outdoor activities and hands-on habitat investigations with biologists. Explore the animals and plants in your backyard with nets, binoculars, microscopes and science. For children ages 9 to 11. Fee is $85. Registration required.
1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 20 — Raising Leafcutters
Want to harvest more tomatoes, peppers, squash, and peas from your garden this year? Raise gentle, solitary leafcutter bees. These gentle, summer hole-nesting bees are the superheroes of the bee world. They are 100 times more effective at pollination than honey bees but they won’t sting you, they don't make honey, and they require very little care. Heather Harvey from Bees Gone Wild will show you everything you need to know to get started with these powerful pollinators. She will discuss the bees’ lifecycle, how to raise them, and how to provide them with nesting habitat. Registration required as space is limited. The program is at the nature center. The $15 fee includes nesting tubes and a native bee guide booklet.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 26 — Mommy & Me: Bubbles
Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy & Me classes. Each month we will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts and nature exploration. Ages 1 to 3, with an adult. Registration opens July 1. The program is at the nature center.
7 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 27 — Summer’s End Campfire
Summer break is coming to a close. Join nature center staff for an evening hike through the woods, exploring the summer serenade of katydids and crickets. We’ll end the evening roasting marshmallows around the campfire and sharing summer stories. The program is at the nature center.
7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 — Preserving Summer’s Bounty
There’s something special about planting a garden, harvesting and then enjoying the fruits of your labor. But how can you enjoy your produce year round? We’ll discuss several different methods of preserving including freezing, proper storage, jams, and canning. There are more ways than you might think! Registration is required as space is limited. The program is at the nature center.
7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 — S’more’s Day Campfire
As far back as 1925, this delicious, sticky and gooey treat has been loved by millions across the United States. Today there are many variations to the original S’more. Visit the Town of Zionsville’s Facebook page Aug. 1 to 8 and vote for your favorites. Then join nature center staff during S’more’s Day Campfire to taste the winners. Registration is required as space is limited. Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day of the event. The event will be at the nature center. Fee is $2 per person.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 — Creekfest
Join the nature center for a celebration of Eagle Creek, including a stream cleanup, Creekstomp, rubber duck race, activities, booths and more. Visit www.zionsville-in.gov/Creekfest to register for the stream clean-up or for more information. The event is at Elm Street Green, 165 N. Elm St. The stream cleanup will begin an hour prior to the celebration events.
1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17— Old Fashioned Bug Hunt
It’s an old fashioned summer bug hunt. Bring your insect net or borrow one from the nature center. Participants will meet in Elm Street Green to see what crawls, flies and buzzes among the meadow wildflowers. Long pants are recommended. Registration required.
3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 —Monthly Dog Walk
Grab your pooch and beat the heat along shaded park trails. Join in a walk though Starkey Park and a chance to socialize with other dog owners. Dogs must be on a leash and under owner’s control at all times. The walk will be at Starkey Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive.
9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30 —Mommy & Me: Butterflies
Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in our Mommy & Me classes. Each month we will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts and nature exploration. Registration begins Aug. 1. For ages 1 to 3 with an adult. The program is at the nature center.
Register for programs at www.zionnaturecenter.org.