How to celebrate Earth Day in Indianapolis
A variety of organizations and businesses are showcasing ways you can introduce yourself to help nurture, support and protect Mother Earth this year.
INDIANAPOLIS – Earth Day celebrates its 51st anniversary today! All over the city, there are ways to get involved in celebrating or protecting our Earth.
Here is a list of resources to get you started.
1. Take a walk in the park and help it clean up while you are there
Did you know that there are 212 parks in Indianapolis, not to mention the various trails around town?
IndyParks is encourage people to help clean up one of them in honor of Earth Day.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will provide bags and gloves for volunteers who do not have them.
You can get these supplies at the following parks:
Bethel Park, Broad Ripple Park, Brookside Park, Christian Park, Eagle Creek Park, Ellenberger Park, Frederick Douglass Park, Garfield Park, Holliday Park, Indy Island Aquatic Center, Indy World Sports Park, Krannert Park, Kuntz Soccer Stadium, Municipal Gardens, Perry Park, Pride Park, Rhodius Park, Southeast Park, Thatcher Park, Washington Park, Watkins Park, Windsor Village Park
You are also encouraged to post a photo on social media with the @IndyParksRed and @kibiorg tag.
For more information on how to get involved year round, visit www.kibi.org.
2. Explore the natural beauty of Indiana
Visit Indy has a INature passport of the State ndiana which includes nearly 60 outdoor locations to explore.
The program is free to register. All you have to do is register at one of the passport locations and you can win prizes.
You can also qualify for a grand prize and specific designs throughout the year.
This program is free, but entrance fees to the property apply during your visit.
3. Plant something yourself
Check local plant shops to see if they have any Earth Day sales that will help you get a head start on the balcony garden or the plant-filled house you’ve been dreaming of.
You can also access online buy a midwestern pollinator pack. It is a collection of seeds that will grow into flowers native to Indiana and the Midwest region. These pollinators will help support local populations of butterflies and bees.
If you’re worried that random snow will ruin your freshly planted flowers, learn more about how to protect them from Pat Sullivan.
4. Start composting to support local gardens
Composting Green with Indy is a year round compost collection service dedicated to residential areas and commercial enterprises.
On each scheduled pickup date, Green with Indy will transport your food waste to GreenCycle from Indiana. It is then made into a rich soil for Indianapolis to use in growing healthy local table vegetables.
On their website, you can subscribe to residential or commercial services.
5. Trade in your monthly food subscription box for another
It’s similar to HelloFresh or Blue Apron. Programs allow you to choose products that may not be good enough to serve in a grocery store, but are still great to eat!
Both services deliver to Indianapolis!
6. Donate to the White River Alliance 2021 Spring Gift Match
Support the creative resources, educational programs and partnerships that promote, protect and enhance the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the White River ecosystem by donating to the White River Alliance Spring 2021 Game Gift.
Greater Indy’s Coca-Cola Consolidated a committed to correspond all donations, dollar for dollar, received between World Water Day and Earth Day 2021!
More, anyone who donates $ 150 or more will receive a coupon for a free rain barrel, also sponsored by Coca-Cola!
7. Register to organize or lead a local action campaign
Consider organization of a local action campaign Clear Choices Clean Water in your neighborhood or among your colleagues at work.
This program allows you to set a personalized pollution prevention or water conservation goal and have your own group webpage to track progress towards your specific goal!
Topics of the pledges of action range from native plants, animal poop, fertilizer use, storm sewer adoption and more! Check it out here.
8. Learn About Coal Ash Ponds in Indiana
What happens when contaminants from coal-fired power plants enter a community’s water and your body?
Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters have been reporting on this topic for years.
On Wednesday April 28, you can get a virtual projection of their “In the Water” project.
It’s an in Indiana Coal Ash Ponds Investigative Documentary, and they are hosting a live panel discussion after the screening.
The discussion will include how to tell if you live near one of the many coal ash plantsand what if you do.
9. Get the kids involved this weekend at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum joins organizations around the world to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this weekend, Saturday April 24.
Children and families can participate in special practical activities and visit a sustainable development showcase of local organizations promoting their environmental work and responses to climate change.
Activities include making your own nature journal, creating seed balls with local wildflower seeds, and challenging your friends in a carbon footprint sorting game.