Nature Fest returns March 5 to benefit Zion Nature Center

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Maggie Donovan, 12, spends time with a rat at the 2015 Nature Fest. (File photo)

Maggie Donovan, 12, spends time with a rat at the 2015 Nature Fest. (File photo)

By Joseph Knoop

Zionsville residents can get in touch with nature, including all that walks, crawls and flies through it, this month at the sixth annual “Nature Fest.”

Nature Fest, set for 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 5 at the Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., will feature a variety of nature-themed events for families and young children, including live “Critter Chats” presented by Animalia. “Critter Chats” allow children to get up close and personal with various wildlife, including exotic birds, snakes and more. Insects are also planned to be a large part of the wildlife on display in an educational area.

“I think of this as community outreach. We make some money, but not a lot honestly. A lot of people just don’t know the Nature Center exists, so it’s another way of saying this is a great free resource to just experience nature with your kids,” Fundraising Chairperson for Zion Nature Center Kim Donovan said.

Nature Fest will also feature several nature-themed carnival games, crafts, face painting and a gourmet cakewalk. Kids can earn tickets at the games to win various prizes.

The Zion Nature Center was founded in 2002 through the Friends of Zion Nature Center and Zionsville Parks Dept.

Admission to Nature Fest is $3 per person or $10 per family. Children two years old and younger are free. Tickets for activities are 50 cents each and $1 for the cakewalk. Cash and credit cards are accepted. All funds raised through the event will go toward ZNC programming, which includes multiple speakers hired to give “Creature Feature” programs throughout the year. More than 200 Zionsville residents attended last January’s program.

For more, call Kim Donovan at 769-5906.

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