Zion Nature Center offers new program, Trick or Trees


The Zion Nature Center will offer Zionsville area residents a new way to celebrate Halloween this year.

In the past, the nature center offered a Halloween hike for young children. It also would offer a spooky night for older kids and their families. Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock said it became more difficult to offer those two events due to a small staff.

“It became a challenge with the nature center having a small staff and small volunteer base to try to find time to get enough people to make sure it runs without any problems,” Murdock said. “We decided this year to combine the best of both of those and do one big program.”

For Trick or Trees, children can dress up in their Halloween costumes and explore the trails around the nature center. Stations will be set up along the trails educating the children on animals commonly associated with Halloween. Treats and other prizes will be offered, as well.

There will be a campfire, marshmallows and cider back at the nature center, along with some different activities and crafts for the whole family. Meet-and-greet opportunities with the nature center snakes and turtles also will be available.

“It was a way to combine everything,” Murdock said.

Trick or Trees will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the nature center, 690 Beech St. Although the event is free, registration is required. During the registration, attendees will select a time to attend the event. The attendee is free to attend the entire event, but the time slot selected is when the attendee will walk the trail.

For more, visit Zionsville-in.gov.


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