Earth Day is a great day for kids and families in Indy! Find all of the celebrations and festivals here!

Earth Day Events and Activities for Families in Indianapolis

Earth Day is by far one of my most favorite holidays. The Earth gives all of us so much, the sunshine, the grass beneath our toes, bubbling brooks, abundant forests, and much more! It is truly a pleasure for me to share my love for the Earth with my children. Luckily there are many ways to celebrate Mother Nature as a family in the greater Indianapolis area this April. Attend one of these fun events with your family, or spend the day at one of our beautiful parks.

Free Admission to Any National Park

Various Locations
April 22nd, All Ages, Free
Free Admission to any national park to kick off National Park Week.  Indiana is fortunate to be the home of three national parks: Indiana Dunes National Lake-shore, George Rogers Clark National Historic Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Visit any of these beautiful national parks for free in honor of Earth month.
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Earth Day Celebration at Cool Creek

Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 East 151st Street, Carmel, IN
Throughout the end of April, All Ages, Free

As you celebrate Earth Day, we hope you will include a visit to the nature center for an open-house style celebration of our wonderful planet! Earth Day and Arbor Day crafts will be available throughout the end of April, various native trees in bareroot seedling form will be available for FREE, milkweed seed packets will be available, native trees and shrubs will be for sale in the greenhouse, and several fun hikes will be offered. While you are here, we hope you will enjoy our exhibits which can provide ideas on ways you can make your yard more nature friendly.

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Earth Day at Indiana State University

200 North Seventh Street, Terre Haute, IN

What began as a lecture series has expanded to a day long celebration open to the community, full of abundant activities and hands on workshops. The event focuses on sustainability and its importance in ensuring a bright and healthy future for all. 2023 info will be announced soon.

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Paint & Sip: Earth Day Celebration

SoChatti, 1125 E Brookside Ave #D2, Indianapolis, IN
April 21, 6 pm

Celebrate Earth Day with a special paint and sip experience at SoChatti! Multimedia artist, Derek Tudor, will guide you through painting a gorgeous, Earth Day centric photo. You will also take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with a flight of our artisanal chocolate that includes our newest origin, Vietnam!

A portion of each ticket will go towards a donation to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to continue creating green spaces across Indianapolis.

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Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W Oak Street, Zionsville, IN
April 22, 9 am – noon 

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, this event connects participants with the resources to become good stewards of the environment. Learn about living sustainably while having fun! Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations and those promoting environmentally friendly goods and services.

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Earth Day Electronics Recycling Special Event

Riverside Park, 2420 E Riverside Dr. Indianapolis, IN
April 22, 9 am – 2 pm

The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works, & RecycleForce are hosting another electronics recycling event! Celebrate Earth Day the eco-friendly way! Marion County residents are encouraged to drop off unused, outdated, and/or broken electronics so that they may be properly recycled.
It is ILLEGAL in Indiana to dispose of electronics in your household trash. On-site staff will direct traffic. Attendees should remain in their cars. There is NO COST for dropping off materials. Non-electronic materials will NOT be accepted during this event.

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Indy Creation Fest

Grace Church, 5504 E 146th St, Noblesville, IN
April 22, 10 am-2 pm, All ages, FREE

Join us for the second annual Indy Creation Fest, an open-house style celebration of our calling to love God and our neighbors by joyfully caring for creation! Learn about local sustainable businesses, sample sustainable cooking, enjoy free giveaways, and play games for all ages. No registration needed. 

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Earth Day Celebration at TCMI

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 
April 22, 10 am – 3 pm

We are joining organizations around the world in celebrating Earth Day. Participate in special hands-on activities. Hear from local experts to learn ways you can take action. Join us and local organizations as we take action locally and globally. Regular admission rates apply.

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Power Recycling Day

Indianapolis Zoo South Lot, 201 S Harding Street, Indianapolis, IN
April 22, 10 am – 1 pm

Eliminate your old cell phones and other electronics the environmentally friendly way. Most electronics will be accepted, including cell phones, wires, cables, all batteries, TVs, microwaves, computers and peripherals. Basically, anything with a plug! Computer hard drive memories will be securely cleared before being destroyed. All screens, monitors and TVs will have a $20 cash-only fee — any size or type. Laptops will be recycled at no charge. Large appliances are not accepted. It’s also our first of four Celebration days where Zoo admission is $15.

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Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” Reading

Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 East 151st Street, Carmel, IN
April 22, 10 am, All ages, FREE

Arbor Day wouldn’t be complete without a reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax! Kids and kids at heart will enjoy this classic story and learn how the Lorax continues to teach others how to “speak for the trees.” We will meet inside the nature center for this story reading.
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Earth Day Wildflower Hike

Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 East 151st Street, Carmel, IN
April 22,  10:30 am

Let’s look around Cool Creek Park for our spring blooming wildflowers! We will be sharing fun facts and identification tips will be shared about these fleeting flowers! Pre-registration: Required. Register online.

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Earth Day Sculpture Project

250 North 5th Street, Zionsville, IN
April 22, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Ages 12 and up, Free, Must Pre-register.

Join Crystal and help make a recycled art sculpture out of cardboard egg cartons.  Help create a work of art to be hung in the library while learning how to use recycled materials for art installations. Help shape, paint, and construct the next great masterpiece.  This is a drop-in event you may stay the whole time or just for 15 mins. 

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Earth Day at the J/Israel at 75

6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN
April 23, noon – 4 pm, All ages, FREE

Earth Day at the J returns with dozens of hands-on, environmentally-friendly activities by 50+ exhibitors. This year, the event also includes an Israel at 75 celebration in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Stay for the afternoon with music and entertainment and food trucks. Rain or shine; pets on leashes are welcome. 

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Earth Day Yoga

2505 Conservatory Dr Indianapolis, IN
April 22, noon – 1:30 pm, All ages, FREE

Join us at Garfield Park Conservatory for a light Yoga class outdoors! Bring a sack lunch and we’ll enjoy the grounds even more after class together. Please register in advance.

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Creeks and Critters

Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 East 151st Street, Carmel, IN
April 22, 1 pm, All ages, FREE

71% of the Earth is covered in water – so let’s celebrate water on Earth Day! Come explore Cool Creek Park’s name sake and learn about our creek’s wildlife and protecting water ways. Plan to get your feet wet!

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Earth Day Celabration

Mud Creek Conservatory 8605 Sargent Rd. Indianapolis, IN
April 22, 1 pm

You’re invited to join us for the Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd! It’s going to be a blast – we’ve got live music, fire dancers, and plenty of delicious food for everyone to enjoy. Come on down and celebrate with us! Bring your friends, family, and a healthy dose of enthusiasm for the planet we call home. Let’s show our support for the Mud Creek Conservancy and the important work they do to protect our environment. 
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Earth Day at Pecar Nature Center

5203 E County Rd 150 N Avon, IN
April 22, 1 – 2 PM

Join Renee, our Park Naturalist, to learn about the importance of Earth Day. We’ll be doing a fun Earth Day craft and an optional hike at Pock Woods depending on the weather. $4.00/person

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Earth Day Indiana Festival at Garfield Park

2345 Pagoda Drive, in Indianapolis, IN
June 3, 11 am – 5 pm, All Ages, FREE

Join over 100 organizations with workshops, live music, and food vendors for a full day of fun.
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Looking forward to celebrating our beautiful Earth this April with your family!

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