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Nature Programs

We manage more than 500 acres of parkland, including 13 parks and four greenways. Our nature programming helps the community get connected to our many natural resources.

Nature is for all ages, all year, from parent/child programs all the way through adults ages 18+! Join us to learn about everything from birding, nature apps, tapping maple trees, learning about the history of our parks and more! These interpretive and educational programs will surely leave you feeling connected to the natural resources that surround you.

Volunteering is another great way to get out in nature. If you or your family are interested in helping beautify our parks and get dirty, click here to check out some of our volunteer opportunities

In case of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be canceled or moved indoors. Please call 317.843.3870 to receive the most up-to-date program cancellations and changes.

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Nature Programs

My Park Series: Inlow Park

Hidden behind the playground and splash pad at Inlow Park is a woodland bursting with diversity. Spring is the ideal time to highlight these colorful woodland ephemeral species. Join us to discover unique spring species, and to discuss our long-term efforts in eradicating another (invasive) spring species: garlic mustard. This free program is for ages 13+

My Park Series: Carey Grove Park

Carey Grove is one of our favorite pocket parks. But did you know it used to house an arboretum with over 60 tree species? Join us as we walk the 1/4 mile trail and discuss arboretums as living museums, and learn about the native species that still call Carey Grove home. This free program is for ages 13+

Knee High Naturalist

Your young explorer will build an appreciation for nature as they discover the great outdoors through hikes, songs, and art projects. Adults will gain knowledge and skills for teaching children about the natural world around them with both indoor and outdoor experiences. Be sure to join us for a new adventure each month! This program is for kiddos ages 1 - 6.


Hook, line, and sinker! This summer we have fishing programs for all ages. Bring the whole family along to Family Learn to Fish, or learn on your own in one of our age-specific fishing programs (offered for both children and adults!).

Pollinator Palooza

Who knew flowers had so many friends? Butterflies, birds, bees and other buddies are constantly visiting and pollinating local wildflowers! We'll explore what pollinators live in Central Park and discover their favorite (and least favorite) foods. Participants will receive milkweed plants to take home and promote pollinators in their very own yards. This program is for kids ages 1 - 6.

Recreational Half-Day Camps

We offer pre-school and youth recreational half-day camps. Pre-school recreational half-day camps are designed for ages 4 to 7. Weekly themes include colors, textures and patterns, dinosaurs, nature and more. Youth recreational half-day camps are designed for ages 6 to 11. Weekly themes include entomology, archery, camping, fishing and more.
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