Earth Day 2020 is April 26
and Starts in
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:
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
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.
|NEW||Accelerating Wellness||Youth and adult obstacle fitness course|
|Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity||Ask a Chemist!|
|Anchor Health Chiropractic||Receive nerve assessment with NASA technology|
|Back Yard Chickens||Raise chickens in your backyard. Why not?|
|Bill Bailey||Rhythm fun with Bill!|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Make wildflower seed balls|
|NEW||Big Car||Participate in creation of art|
|Boy Scouts Crossroads of America Council||Join the Boy Scouts|
|Chabad of Indiana||Making dirt cookie cups|
|Citizens Climate Lobby||learn about the proposed federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act|
|Citizens Energy Group||DigIndy Tunnel Virtual Reality Tour & Trash it or Toilet game|
|NEW||City of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan Development||See what's planned for White River - one of the City's Hidden Jewels!|
|City of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan Development||Huge walkable map - water shed of White River|
|City of Indianapolis, Dept of Metropolitan Development||Tthe 2020 census in Indianapolis - Count Me Indy!|
|NEW||City of Indianapolis, Office of Sustainability||TBA|
|CIRTA Commuter Connect||Traffic Jam Logic Game|
|Congregation Beth Shalom||Plant a seed and decorate bookmarks|
|Congregation Beth Shalom||Live beehive|
|Congregation Beth-El Zedeck||Make a paper bag|
|Congregation Beth-El Zedeck||Make paper|
|Congregation Shaarey Tefilla||Sage Advice from Great Sages|
|eScrap Inc.**||Learn to Reuse and Recycle technology!|
|Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation||TBA|
|*||Gen3Bio||Recycle, Compost, or Donate?|
|Girl Scouts of Central Indiana STEM program||It's your planet - Love it Water Cycle game!|
|Girl Scout Troop 2141 (meets at JCC)||Make great things from recycled old t-shirts|
|Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis||Make a Terrarium from recycled light fixtures!|
|Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis - Sustainability Stewards||STEM-ing the Tides of Plastic Waste|
|Holliday Park Nature Center||TBA|
|Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)||TBA|
|Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - Adamah Team||Build Your Own Bird Feeder|
|NEW||Indianapolis Public Library||Bookmobile|
|Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management||Environmental Prize Wheel|
|Indiana Department of Natural Resources||Create Pine Cone Bird Feeders and See Live Animals|
|Indiana Forest Alliance||Trivia Wheel (with prizes) and Tree Identification Quiz (with prizes)|
|Indiana Parks Alliance||Make your own nature-themed button|
|Indianapolis BBYO Youth Organization||Make a kite and fly it! Learn about Wind Energy!||YES|
|Indianapolis Power & Light Company||TBA|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Molecular Face Painting|
|Build an Upcycle Bird Feeder|
|Tie dye shirts||YES|
|JCC||Welcome to the JCC!|
|JCC Community Yoga School||Yoga Classes for all levels!|
|Jewish Community Relations Council||TBA|
|Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis||TBA|
|Jewish National Fund (JNF)||Plant a Tree with the Jewish National Fund!|
|Keep Indianapolis Beautiful||Grand Prize CLEANUP Game|
|Keren L Israel Investment Club||How the Second Temple in Jerusalem was Built|
|LeafFilter||Demonstration of Leaf Filter Gutter Protection|
|Marian University EcoLab||Make a Pinwheel - Wind Energy|
|Old National Bank||Answer a question from Mother Earth and win some green ($2 bill)!|
|Purdue Extension Marion City||Make 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 Team||See the newest award-winning solar-powered race vehicle, the Renatus, designed and built by Purdue students|
|State Farm Insurance||Make a terrarium|
|Try It Tiny||Tour two tiny houses and learn about minimalist lifestyle||YES|
|White Pine Wilderness Academy||Nature and Primate Technology|
|Flint Striker Fires|
|Shooting Foam Arrows w/bows|
|Wings for West Africa and RecycleForce**||Recycling of electronic appliances - time of collection noon-3 pm|
|WTTS FM||Recycle 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.