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
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.
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 Israel||Israel Map Game||60|
|Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity||Photosynthesis - the original solar cell||24|
|*||Anchor Health Chiropractic||Free health assessments using NASA technology||75|
|*||Bill Bailey||Making music with everyday things||15|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Make wildflower seed balls - save the bees||12|
|*||Big Green (formerly Community Kitchens)||Make veggie seed balls||28|
|Boy Scouts Crossroads of America Council||Join the Boy Scouts||72|
|Make fire by friction||73|
|Run on a rope bridge||74|
|*||Chabad of Indiana||Israel map art using seeds||59|
|Camp JCC/B wing||Sand Art||3|
|Tie dye shirts and more||4|
|Citizens Climate Lobby||Write your congressman about climate change||37|
|Citizens Energy Group||Virtual reality tour of DigIndy Tunnel System||43|
|Commuter Connect||Play the rush hour traffic game||49|
|*||Congregation Beth Shalom||Write notes on seed paper and plant in a recycled container||41|
|*||Congregation Beth Shalom/Kevin Mercer||Live bee hive||13|
|*||Congregation Beth-El Zedeck||Make and play instruments fashioned from scrap wood||67|
|*||Congregation Etz Chaim||Sephardic Cultural Experience-Bedouin Tent||38|
|*||Congregation Shaarey Tefilla||See how the Second Temple in Jerusalem was built||50|
|Cummins||Pedal power and win a prize||64|
|*||Doterra Essential Oils||Make natural hand sanitizer||70|
|*||eScrap Inc.**||Resale, reuse, rethink, and recycle electronic devices||17|
|*||Experience the Tiny Perspective||Walk through a tiny house||2|
|Girl Scouts of Central Indiana STEM program||It's your planet - Love it!||56|
|*||Girl Scout Troop 2141 (meets at JCC)||Make great things from recycled old t-shirts||55|
|*||Green Alternatives, Inc.||Solar powered popcorn||27|
|Habitat for Humanity of G.I.||How to re purpose and recycle materials||51|
|*||Hasten Hebrew Academy Indianapolis - HHAI||See how plants purify water||25|
|Holliday park Nature Center||Learn to identify trees. Make a necklace from a tree cookie!||62|
|*||Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)||A quiz to test your knowledge of environmental issues||16|
|*||IHC's Adamah Team||Plant a seed and watch it grow!||52|
|*||Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management||Learn about the garbage pie chart||65|
|*||Indiana Department of Natural Resources||Learn about trees from the Naturalist at Fort Harrison State Park||14|
|*||Indiana Forest Alliance||Nature trivia spinning wheel||71|
|Indiana Jewish Discovery Center||Build the Western Wall (Kotel)||66|
|*||Indiana Parks Alliance||Make a custom wearable button with a nature theme||36|
|*||Indianapolis BBYO Youth Organization||Design, make and fly Israeli kites||5|
|Indianapolis Power & Light Company||Providing seed papers for note writing activity||42|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Be a Jedi in the woods||20|
|Detrivores - view the microscopic life in a dead tree||23|
|Creative writing competition - write a short story or poem about the forest||53|
|Create a colorful leaf collage||54|
|Take a walk with a guide in the woods and learn what you've been missing||21|
|*||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 Market||See list|
|*||Jefferson Electric Solar||Solar powered popcorn||19|
|*||Jewish Community Relations Council||Create art using solar paper||68|
|*||Jewish National Fund (JNF)||Take a tree to plant and spin the prize wheel||61|
|Keep Indianapolis Beautiful||Play Native Plant Tic Tac Toe||58|
|*||Keren L Israel Investment Club||Sage advice from Great Sages||35|
|*||Kibbutz Lotan||Build a geodesic dome||22|
|*||Land Goods LLC||Make bird nesting balls with alpaca fleece|
|*||LeafFilter||Demonstration of filter system for gutters||26|
|Marian University EcoLab||Hands-on tree, leaf and seed activities||63|
|*||Old National Bank||Answer a question from Mother Earth and win some green ($2 bill)!||47|
|Purdue Extension Marion City||Make a tree using recycled materials||29|
|spinning wheel game to identify trees||30|
|Play a game to learn why pollinators need your help||31|
|make a mini-greenhouse||32|
|make a compost pile for your home||33|
|Make an insect from twigs, leaves and beads||34|
|Purdue Solar Racing Team||Award-winning-solar-powered race vehicle||48|
|Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter||Evaluate how to plant trees around a house maximize benefits||44|
|How an infrared thermometer measures temperature||46|
|How tree placement can affect your home's interior climate||45|
|State Farm Insurance||Make a terrarium||11|
|*||Sycamore School||Make and decorate nature treasure boxes||39|
|Write notes on seed paper and plant in a recycled container||40|
|*||Try It Tiny||Tour a tiny house and learn about minimalist lifestyle||1|
|*||Union of Concerned Scientists||Stump a Scientist! Write to your congressperson||69|
|*||White Pine Wilderness Academy||Jedi training (balance and concentration activity)||9|
|Walk in the woods and identify edible plants (herbs)||10|
|Learn to carve cedar wood||6|
|Learn to start a fire with flint||8|
|Foam arrow war||7|
|Wings for West Africa and RecycleForce**||Recycling of electronic appliances - time of collection noon-3 pm|
|WTTS FM||Play TTS trivia game||18|
|*||Wild Spirit Salon/Monat Global||Vendor||76|
**$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.