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Earth Day 2019 is April 28

and Starts in

Join about 6,000 people for earth-friendly, hands-on activities, music and more at the JCC of Indianapolis for the 8th Annual Earth Day at the J co-sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Citizens Energy Group. The celebration is from noon-5 pm.

More than 65 organizations offer hands-on and environmentally-friendly activities for all ages in our Kids Zone. The complete list of exhibitors will be updated the week of March 4. But many of the exhibitors from 2018 will be returning – see the bottom of this page. Great music and entertainment on the J Stage sponsored by WTTS, a Farmers Market presented by Market Wagon and food trucks make this one of the best events in the spring for the entire family.

Earth Day at the J attracts a wide range of attendees, from those who seek out green products and services regularly to those who are just learning about them. Earth Day at the J shines a spotlight on companies who put sustainability front and center.

FREE admission. Donations welcome.

Parking Free parking is available at

Hasten Hebrew Academy
6602 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

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.

Green Car Show presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group  
The Green Car Show will feature many electric vehicles from Tom Wood’s 12 dealerships, showcasing the latest in electric vehicle technology from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Volvo, Audi and more. Partners include the City of Indianapolis Department of Sustainability.  Also on-site will be IndyGo, Blue Indy, Pacers Bikeshare, a Harley Davidson electric powered motorcycle, electric bikes and Lime and Bird scooters. The Owners’ Corner will have owners of electric vehicles on hand to talk about their personal experiences.

Beer and Wine Stations  
Grab lunch at one of the Food Trucks on-site or some fresh fare from the Farmers Market and head over to our Beer and Wine Garden. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll deserve a break. For ages 21 and older only.

Grand Raffle  
Take your chance for some great prizes for the young and young at heart. 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.


Volunteer opportunities will be posted in early March.

Thanks to our 2018 Exhibitors!

You’ll see many of them in 2019. Complete list will be available the week of March 4.

*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.