The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Program Year

2021

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2021

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Town of Zionsville

Zionsville, IN

Emily Styron

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Zionsville is a town of about 28,000 residents located in Central Indiana. Often called a town within a park, Zionsville has preserved over 500 acres of parks, most left in its natural habitats. Along with preserving and restoring our native wetlands, forest and prairie habitats, Mayor Styron has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators by signing the Mayor's Monarch Pledge. The Zionsville community looks forward to continuing to build native habitat throughout Zionsville.

Community Spotlight

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Elm Street Green Meadow

Zionsville has over 700 acres of parkland, most in a natural state with floodplain, forests and restored pollinator meadows such as at Elm Street Green.

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New Habitat Restoration at Zionsville Golf Course

In 2023, 2 acres of Zionsville Golf Course rough were restored as a pollinator meadow.

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Carpenter Nature Preserve

In 2023 the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department purchased the 215-acre former Wolf Run Golf Course. The future Carpenter Nature Preserve will feature Eagle Creek floodplain, open forest and prairie habitats.

Action Items Committed for 2021

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.