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Earth Day Events For Families In Indianapolis
The very first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. The day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson and took place in colleges and schools around the United States. In 2018, the day is recognized in 192 countries, making it the largest secular holiday in the world! Indianapolis has a few ways to celebrate nature, science, and sustainability on this day!
1) 2018 Earth Day Indiana Festival - [LINK: http://www.earthdayindiana.org/]
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Historic Military Park at White River State Park (West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202)
This FREE afternoon festival has something for everyone - live music, a children's tent, food & drinks, plus exhibitions promoting sustainability. With a theme of "Bee Green," learn more about pollinators, composting, and sustainability in Indianapolis. The festival is also home to the Recycle Run 5K! Run or walk a 5K along the White River as part of the fun. Take a bus, ride your bike (free Pedal & Park), or enjoy a leisurely stroll to Military Park!
2) 7th Annual Earth Day Community Celebration - [LINK: https://jccindy.org/community/earth-day/]
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Jewish Community Center (6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260)
Sponsored by Citizens Energy Group and Indianapolis Power & Light Company, this year's theme is "May the Forest Be With You!" Aside from it's Earth Day festivities, this community festival is sure to keep the whole family entertained for the day! Food trucks abound, a farmers market, and booths covering everything from solar-powered popcorn to touring a tiny house, there's something for all ages to enjoy! Also, celebrate Israel's 70th Independence Day during this FREE community event.
3) Annual Orchid Show - [LINK: https://www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/programsevents]
April 21-22, 2018 - 10 a.m. -5 p.m. - Garfield Park Conservatory (2345 Pagoda Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46203)
This annual event is filled with blooming flowers (mostly orchids) from all across the Midwest! Be a part of this beautiful show and check out the park once you're done! Only $10 per family, this event runs both Saturday and Sunday.
4) Build a Bat House Pop-Up - [LINK: https://www.active.com/indianapolis-in/woodworking/classes/earth-day-build-a-bat-house-pop-up-2018]
Bats aren't as scary as you might think! They eat mosquitoes and other pesky bugs, plus they help pollinate many of our favorite plants! Grab the family and head to the Indianapolis Arts Center to make your own bat house this upcoming Earth Day weekend.
Get outside and celebrate Earth Day in any way you'd like - plant a tree, lead a recycling drive, or attend one of these events! Do your part to learn more about the Earth and how we can protect its resources!
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