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Earth Day 2020 is April 26

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The 8th Annual Earth Day at the J will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from noon to 5 pm. Co-sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Citizens Energy Group, the event features 45 organizations and 60 interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities to educate and inform attendees about many Earth Day topics.

A core Jewish value is tikkun olam, Hebrew for repairing the earth or making the world a better place. It is a natural fit for the JCC to celebrate this day as a signature event for the organization and the Indianapolis community.

More than 6,000 people of all backgrounds and faith are expected to attend, to participate and to have fun. The event is FREE, although tickets will be required for some items and activities. See the sidebar for items and activities requiring tickets.

Parking Free parking is available at

For the 5k fun run:
Hasten Hebrew Academy
6602 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

For Earth Day:
Beth El-Zedeck:
600 W. 70th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

NEW this year!

Earth Day at the J 5K  |  Prior to Earth Day at 10:30 am
This 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk kick off the day. In keeping with the theme, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. The run is topped off with everyone’s favorite nosh, the bagel (generously provided by Shapiro’s)! Come for the run. Stay for the fun. For more details, visit the Earth Day at the J 5K run webpage. Registration available until 10 am the morning of the race. The race starts at 10:30 am.

Green Car Show presented by Tom Wood Automotive  
The Green Car Show will feature the all-new Jaguar I-Pace (electric), the Nissan Leaf (electric), the Porsche Panamera Turbo S (E-Hybrid), Lexus UX (hybrid) and four electric motorcycles from Tom Wood Powersports (Zero Motorcycles line). And owners of the vehicles will be on hand at the Owners’ Corner. Why go GREEN? Come find out! 

Beer and Wine Stations  
In addition to an assortment of Indy’s best food trucks and entertainment on the Main Stage sponsored by WTTS, check out beer and wine stations featuring selections from Bier Brewery, Heineken and Sun King. For ages 21 and older only.

Sweepstakes  – Open Now Through May 10
Take your chance for some great prizes, like a weekend rental of the new electric Jaguar I-Pace or a Nissan Leaf, an X-STAR Premium drone (valued at $899), an electric bicycle ($1,799 value), a night in a tiny house, and more! All proceeds benefit the J, a registered non-profit organization that is an affiliated agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., the United Way of Central Indiana and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. Guided by Jewish values and traditions, the Indianapolis J provides inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth and community building. Together, we inspire all people to become the best versions of themselves.

10 Entries for $10 | 30 Entries for $25 | 70 Entries for $50



2019 Exhibitors

Current as of Mar 21, 2019.

Review the list of exhibitors and activities below. To make the most of your visit, download the Activities map.

Download the map!

NEWAccelerating WellnessYouth and adult obstacle fitness course
Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry FraternityAsk a Chemist!
Anchor Health ChiropracticReceive nerve assessment with NASA technology
Back Yard ChickensRaise chickens in your backyard. Why not?
Bill BaileyRhythm fun with Bill!
Big Brothers Big SistersMake wildflower seed balls
NEWBig CarParticipate in creation of art
Boy Scouts Crossroads of America CouncilJoin the Boy Scouts
Chabad of IndianaMaking dirt cookie cups
Citizens Climate Lobbylearn about the proposed federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Citizens Energy GroupDigIndy Tunnel Virtual Reality Tour & Trash it or Toilet game
NEWCity of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan DevelopmentSee what's planned for White River - one of the City's Hidden Jewels!
City of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan DevelopmentHuge walkable map - water shed of White River
City of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan DevelopmentTthe 2020 census in Indianapolis - Count Me Indy!
NEWCity of Indianapolis, Office of SustainabilityTBA
CIRTA Commuter ConnectTraffic Jam Logic Game
Congregation Beth ShalomPlant a seed and decorate bookmarks
Congregation Beth ShalomLive beehive
Congregation Beth-El ZedeckMake a paper bag
Congregation Beth-El ZedeckMake paper
Congregation Shaarey TefillaSage Advice from Great Sages
CumminsPedal power
eScrap Inc.**Learn to Reuse and Recycle technology!
Etz Chaim Sephardic CongregationTBA
*Gen3BioRecycle, Compost, or Donate?
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana STEM programIt's your planet - Love it Water Cycle game!
Girl Scout Troop 2141 (meets at JCC)Make great things from recycled old t-shirts
Global GiftsTBA
Habitat for Humanity of Greater IndianapolisMake a Terrarium from recycled light fixtures!
Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis - Sustainability StewardsSTEM-ing the Tides of Plastic Waste
Holliday Park Nature CenterTBA
Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)TBA
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - Adamah TeamBuild Your Own Bird Feeder
NEWIndianapolis Public LibraryBookmobile
Indiana Dept. of Environmental ManagementEnvironmental Prize Wheel
Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesCreate Pine Cone Bird Feeders and See Live Animals
Indiana Forest AllianceTrivia Wheel (with prizes) and Tree Identification Quiz (with prizes)
Indiana Parks AllianceMake your own nature-themed button
Indianapolis BBYO Youth OrganizationMake a kite and fly it! Learn about Wind Energy!YES
Indianapolis Power & Light CompanyTBA
Ivy Tech Community CollegeMolecular Face Painting
Molecular Origami
Build an Upcycle Bird Feeder
Tie dye shirtsYES
JCCWelcome to the JCC!
JCC Community Yoga SchoolYoga Classes for all levels!
Jewish Community Relations CouncilTBA
Jewish Federation of Greater IndianapolisTBA
Jewish National Fund (JNF)Plant a Tree with the Jewish National Fund!
Keep Indianapolis BeautifulGrand Prize CLEANUP Game
Keren L Israel Investment ClubHow the Second Temple in Jerusalem was Built
LeafFilterDemonstration of Leaf Filter Gutter Protection
Marian University EcoLabMake a Pinwheel - Wind Energy
Old National BankAnswer a question from Mother Earth and win some green ($2 bill)!
Purdue Extension Marion CityMake a Ladybug
Make a Bird Feeder Mobile
Make a Butterfly
Protecting Pollinators Game
Make a Mini-Greenhouse
How to Make Compost at Home - it's easy!
Purdue Solar Racing TeamSee the newest award-winning solar-powered race vehicle, the Renatus, designed and built by Purdue students
State Farm InsuranceMake a terrarium
Sycamore SchoolTBA
Try It TinyTour two tiny houses and learn about minimalist lifestyleYES
White Pine Wilderness AcademyNature and Primate Technology
Flint Striker Fires
Carving Cedar
Shooting Foam Arrows w/bows
Wings for West Africa and RecycleForce**Recycling of electronic appliances - time of collection noon-3 pm
WTTS FMRecycle electronic devices at eScrape and win a prize!

**$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.