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Earth Day 2019 is April 28

and Starts in

Thanks for a Great Earth Day 2018!

The 7th Annual Earth Day Community Celebration co-sponsored by Citizens Energy Group and Indianapolis Power & Light Company returns with more than 65 hands-on, environmentally-friendly activities by almost 50 exhibitors (see list of activities below). This year, help us celebrate Israel at 70. And plan to stay for the day with live music on the WTTS stage and food trucks. Also the JCC Farmers Market will be open and there will be a community yoga class. FREE admission. Voluntary donations welcome.

The Earth Day Community Celebration is from noon-4 pm.

Parking Free parking is available at
Beth El-Zedeck:
600 W. 70th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Families are welcome to come early for the Yom HaAtzmaut Family Learning Event is from 10 am-noon.

2018 Earth Day Highlights

Celebration of Israel at 70
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, beginning with family activities from 10 am—noon. Kids will create portraits of famous Israelis using everyday objects, make a map of Israel out of cardboard and other recycled materials, use upcycled fabric to put together an Israeli flag, and more! During Earth Day, check out the WTTS Stage for Holy Band (from the Holy Land) and Israeli Zumba. For a preview, check out this video:

Kibbutz Lotan and Center for Creative Ecology.
Founded in 1983, Kibbutz Lotan is located in the Negev desert in southern Israel and is an “eco-Jewish community educating its children to love and protect the environment.” The Center for Creative Ecology, established in 1997 at the Kibbutz has become a world class training, research and demonstration center for technologies related to having a healthier and more sustainable community. The focus is on “organic food production, ecological building methods, appropriate technologies, and permaculture design.” Alex Cicelsky, founder of Kibbutz Lotan and the Center for Creative Ecology was born in New York and consults and lectures around the world on permaculture and community planning, sustainable design technologies, passive solar design of energy efficient buildings and environmental ethics. At Earth Day Community Celebration, Alex will lead several groups in the construction of geodesic domes.


2018’s Earth Day Theme Was:
May the Forest Be With You!

Exhibiting Partners include:

*Alexander Muss High School in IsraelIsrael Map Game60
Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry FraternityPhotosynthesis - the original solar cell24
*Anchor Health ChiropracticFree health assessments using NASA technology75
*Bill BaileyMaking music with everyday things15
Big Brothers Big SistersMake wildflower seed balls - save the bees12
*Big Green (formerly Community Kitchens)Make veggie seed balls28
Boy Scouts Crossroads of America CouncilJoin the Boy Scouts72
Make fire by friction73
Run on a rope bridge74
*Chabad of IndianaIsrael map art using seeds59
Camp JCC/B wingSand Art3
Tie dye shirts and more4
Citizens Climate LobbyWrite your congressman about climate change37
Citizens Energy GroupVirtual reality tour of DigIndy Tunnel System43
Commuter ConnectPlay the rush hour traffic game49
*Congregation Beth ShalomWrite notes on seed paper and plant in a recycled container41
*Congregation Beth Shalom/Kevin MercerLive bee hive13
*Congregation Beth-El ZedeckMake and play instruments fashioned from scrap wood67
*Congregation Etz ChaimSephardic Cultural Experience-Bedouin Tent 38
*Congregation Shaarey TefillaSee how the Second Temple in Jerusalem was built50
CumminsPedal power and win a prize64
*Doterra Essential OilsMake natural hand sanitizer70
*eScrap Inc.**Resale, reuse, rethink, and recycle electronic devices17
*Experience the Tiny PerspectiveWalk through a tiny house2
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana STEM programIt's your planet - Love it!56
*Girl Scout Troop 2141 (meets at JCC)Make great things from recycled old t-shirts55
Global GiftsTBA57
*Green Alternatives, Inc.Solar powered popcorn27
Habitat for Humanity of G.I.How to re purpose and recycle materials51
*Hasten Hebrew Academy Indianapolis - HHAISee how plants purify water25
Holliday park Nature CenterLearn to identify trees. Make a necklace from a tree cookie!62
*Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)A quiz to test your knowledge of environmental issues16
*IHC's Adamah TeamPlant a seed and watch it grow!52
*Indiana Dept. of Environmental ManagementLearn about the garbage pie chart65
*Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesLearn about trees from the Naturalist at Fort Harrison State Park14
*Indiana Forest AllianceNature trivia spinning wheel71
Indiana Jewish Discovery CenterBuild the Western Wall (Kotel)66
*Indiana Parks AllianceMake a custom wearable button with a nature theme36
*Indianapolis BBYO Youth OrganizationDesign, make and fly Israeli kites5
Indianapolis Power & Light CompanyProviding seed papers for note writing activity42
Ivy Tech Community CollegeBe a Jedi in the woods20
Detrivores - view the microscopic life in a dead tree23
Creative writing competition - write a short story or poem about the forest53
Create a colorful leaf collage54
Take a walk with a guide in the woods and learn what you've been missing21
*JCC Community Yoga School Adult and Kids Yoga (adult class from 11am to noon & kid's class from noon to 2 pm)
JCC 10-vendor Farmers MarketSee list
*Jefferson Electric SolarSolar powered popcorn19
*Jewish Community Relations CouncilCreate art using solar paper68
*Jewish National Fund (JNF)Take a tree to plant and spin the prize wheel61
Keep Indianapolis BeautifulPlay Native Plant Tic Tac Toe58
*Keren L Israel Investment ClubSage advice from Great Sages35
*Kibbutz LotanBuild a geodesic dome22
*Land Goods LLCMake bird nesting balls with alpaca fleece
*LeafFilterDemonstration of filter system for gutters26
Marian University EcoLabHands-on tree, leaf and seed activities 63
*Old National BankAnswer a question from Mother Earth and win some green ($2 bill)!47
Purdue Extension Marion CityMake a tree using recycled materials29
spinning wheel game to identify trees30
Play a game to learn why pollinators need your help31
make a mini-greenhouse32
make a compost pile for your home33
Make an insect from twigs, leaves and beads34
Purdue Solar Racing TeamAward-winning-solar-powered race vehicle48
Sierra Club Hoosier ChapterEvaluate how to plant trees around a house maximize benefits44
How an infrared thermometer measures temperature46
How tree placement can affect your home's interior climate45
State Farm InsuranceMake a terrarium11
*Sycamore SchoolMake and decorate nature treasure boxes39
Write notes on seed paper and plant in a recycled container40
*Try It TinyTour a tiny house and learn about minimalist lifestyle1
*Union of Concerned ScientistsStump a Scientist! Write to your congressperson69
*White Pine Wilderness AcademyJedi training (balance and concentration activity)9
Walk in the woods and identify edible plants (herbs)10
Learn to carve cedar wood6
Learn to start a fire with flint8
Foam arrow war7
Wings for West Africa and RecycleForce**Recycling of electronic appliances - time of collection noon-3 pm
WTTS FMPlay TTS trivia game18
*Wild Spirit Salon/Monat GlobalVendor76

**$10 charge for devices with cathode ray tube, e.g, old style TVs and computer monitors, $20 for any device with refrigeration. No Styrofoam accepted.