Ecofest 2017 – We’re Blazing a Trail!

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EcoFest 2017 was all about area kids “Blazing a Trail” at the site of Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Trail at Sugar Creek Park in New Palestine.  Hands-on adventures – from meeting crooked leg turtle, creating crafts, to eating bugs were the order of the day. NPHS teacher Brittany Bennett and her students ran the show.

Trail signs are going in this summer and Dani’s Dreams will continue to develop activities and a place for Southern Hancock families to share an interest and love of our common ground.

Support these community activities through your registration for the 10th Annual Dani’s Dreams Memorial Walk/Run Aug. 5 at NPHS.  Click here to sign-up or donate!


Bodies in motion at Children’s Museum Night

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Dani’s Dreams Innovation in Education Corp. led the way in celebrating “Fit Minds and Healthy Bodies” and discovering how to keep them that way during Children’s Museum Night, Feb. 1 at Zion Lutheran School.

Nearly 150 students and their parents got a close-up look at everyday germs, measured the sugar in soft drinks, raised their heart rates through hula hooping and other games and tested their knowledge of the food pyramid and portions.

Children’s Museum Night kicks off the 2017 activities for Dani’s Dreams which is commemorating a decade of empowering students and teachers to create, explore,  discover and “Change the World!”

Dani’s Dreams, a 501c3 non-profit organization, provides innovative, hands-on educational experiences for students in grades K-12. Join our team of volunteers who make it all happen! Email


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Dani’s Dreams is “Spreading Our Wings” as we grow our education programs with Eco Lessons in Southern Hancock Schools, Dani’s Dreams Go Green Outdoor Education Center at Zion Lutheran School and the Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Trail at Sugar Creek Township Park coming this fall. Proceeds from this fall bulb sale will go to provide area students in grades K-12 with innovative, hands-on lessons.

Butterflies UPCLOSE – The Sequel

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Zion Lutheran second and sixth graders led the way Sept. 28 as area children enjoyed the chance to get UPCLOSE with Monarch butterflies at the second Butterflies UPCLOSE event sponsored by Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Programs.

Directed by Dani’s Dreams Outreach Coordinator Christina Harkleroad, in collaboration with Zion teachers Brenda Kreutz and Susan Seying, the activities were the culmination of several weeks of research, observation and care of Monarchs, donated by Betty Bemis of Backyard Butterflies, from caterpillars to butterflies.

Children of all ages were able to observe the butterflies, create crafts, and an edible butterfly life cycle craft, compete in quizzes and listen to the authors of the Butterflies UPCLOSE book produced by in 2015 by 14 then-second graders at Zion Lutheran School.

Butterflies UPCLOSE is one of the unique, STEM oriented activities offered by Dani’s Dreams Innovation in Education Corp.

If you would like Dani’s Dreams to work with your class, Scout troop, daycare or preschool to create a hands-on Outdoor Education or Language Arts activity, contact, President and CEO Donna Griffin at 317-640-4430 or



Local Scout makes dreams come true for Southern Hancock families

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Dani’s Dreams Innovation in Education Corp. is all about empowering young people to “Change the World”, and New Palestine High School sophomore Zachary Mitchell is making his commitment a reality.

Zachary grew up alongside Dani’s Dreams and now wants to give back by making a lasting impact for families in Hancock County.

“I grew up with Dani’s Dreams and I’ve heard the story of Dani all my life,” Zachary said. “I chose the outdoor lab as my Eagle Scout project because I saw the lab and wanted to help.”

A Hancock County Scout for nine years, Zachary Mitchell has an Eagle Scout project that will benefit Hancock County residents of all ages and bring families together to share the wonder of nature through his “Dreaming Tree Porch” project.

“I talked with Donna (Griffin, Dani’s Dreams president and CEO) and found out what she needed at Dani’s Dreams,” Zachary said. “I saw that the lab needed more work and outside displays, so I decided we could do benches, tables and a patio.”

Zachary has raised about $1,200 of the nearly $1,700 project, including a donation from the American Legion, and hopes to get about $500 from the community to be able to put in a paver porch, benches and display tables in front of the Go Green Center at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center at Zion Lutheran School in New Palestine.

Zachary has spent this year fundraising, including a Pancake Breakfast in June at Zion and hopes to begin construction of the “Dreaming Tree Porch” for Hancock County families later this fall.

“The project will includes a 12 x 25-foot paver patio, two benches and two plexiglass tables for displays of rocks, insects and other interesting information,” Zachary said.

To donate for Zachary’s Eagle Scout Project, email him at or call 861-4915

“I’ve been a Scout ever since first grade,” Zachary said. “It’s been a long journey, but I wanted to stick with it and help the community.”

And his project will have a lasting impact on outdoor education and families throughout Hancock County.

“I’ve learned through this project how to be a strong leader, help others and to teach them how to use tools – tools for life,” Zachary said.

The Go Green Center, funded through a Hancock County Community Foundation Grant in 2012, serves K-8 students in Southern Hancock Schools with STEM and environmental education displays, activities and projects, including fully-functioning solar panels that power the building.

“The porch will be an area for student work/collections to be on display and for parents/grandparents and children to walk, rest and spend time together sharing and learning,” Griffin said.

Griffin added the new tables will allow Dani’s Dreams to bring out displays and hands-on items that would normally be locked inside the building.

“He’s inspired us already,” Griffin said. “We’ve repainted and are currently reorganizing our materials and activities as well as working with teachers to develop lessons to meet their curriculum needs.”

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