Indianapolis is home to many nature centers and nature parks. We’re on a quest to explore them all this summer. Most of the centers have programs and activities to help kids explore the environment around them and get outside enjoying the natural world. There are interpreters and naturalists available to answer questions and guide you in your adventures. Consider leaving the indoor nature center and heading out on a hike with your kids or if the weather suits, go creek stomping with your kids!

These are our favorite nature centers to visit:

Eagle Creek Ornithology Center and Earth Discovery Center

With many places to explore and things to do, these centers are a favorite stop for visitors to Eagle Creek Park. There are special programs and even days you can watch the animals being fed!

Habitat Hall at Holliday Park

A modern and attractive space with room for every type of explorer to learn things. Children can dress up, pretend and play.

Cool Creek Nature Center

School groups and nature lovers will explore the science of Indiana woodlands. Guests will discover the importance of preserving plants and animals in their natural habitats.

McCloud Nature Park & Nature Center

Visit the nature center for interactive exhibits and weekly nature programs. McCloud Nature Park has a fun prairie grass maze and a creek that’s perfect for fishing and wading.

Marian University EcoLab and Nature Center

Marian University has a beautiful piece of property that is designated as an eco-lab or nature park. There’s a nature center on campus that provides field trips and educational opportunities. This programming isn’t typically open to the public, but local groups can organize a time to visit. The Ecolab is open to the public.