Earth Day

Earth Day

Welcome!

Our Earth Day event is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our natural, local environment. This annual spring event includes engaging, environmental educational activities for the whole family and provides free trees for citizens to plant at home and increase our urban canopy.

We are grateful for the support and sponsorships from community organizations, which truly make this event possible.

Welcome!

Our Earth Day event is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our natural, local environment. This annual spring event includes engaging, environmental educational activities for the whole family and provides free trees for citizens to plant at home and increase our urban canopy.

We are grateful for the support and sponsorships from community organizations, which truly make this event possible.

Details for our 2021 event are coming soon!

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Earth Day

Elkhart Environmental Center

Earth MONTH Activities

If you are interested in this program, please email EECmail@coei.org, so we can host more in the future!

Try out your Earth Day/environmental knowledge in our first in-person trivia night! Sign up as a team or individual to join us for an Earth Day-themed trivia night AND pizza. Registration is $5 per person (ages 5 and under free). Space is limited to 20 people. This event must have at leas 10 people registered by Monday, APril 4 or it will either switch to a virtual option (depending on interest) or be canceled. 

Register at: https://elkhart-environmental-center.ticketleap.com/earth-day-trivia-night

The winning team will get a free tree package (a set of sapling trees from our tree giveaway).

Join us for dying Easter eggs with all-natural materials. Discover the beautiful dye colors that items like cabbage, turmeric, and beets can create, just in time for Easter. This event is family-friendly and limited to 15 people. Registraion is required. Registration can be found at https://elkhart-environmental-center.ticketleap.com/.

Help us prepare for our Earth Day event! We will be transplanting about 300 sapling trees into pots/buckets with fresh soil and compost before they are given away to community members on Earth Day.

We will begin transplanting the saplings at 4 PM and expect to finish around 6 PM. Tools and materials will be provided.

The more help we get, the faster it goes! We’ve had some fantastic volunteer teams the past 2 year who have breezed through the transplanting in record time! Please feel free to bring friends and family with you when ou volunteer! Let us know you’re coming by signing up at https:signup.com/go/FCLsqKs

Join us for an eco-friendly bok swap! Pick up secondhand books, magazines, and field guides about different environmental topics and chat with others who share the same interests. If you have any eco-materials you would like to rehome, bring them along! This event is family-friendly and registration is required. Registration can be found at https://elkhart-environmental-center.ticketleap.com/

We’re celebrating Earth Day by walking the walk: hosting neighborhood cleanups around Elkhart–and we would love for you to join us! Please stay tuned for locations/schedules. If you have suggestions of areas that could use a concentrated cleanup effort, email us at EECmail@coei.org.

Earth Day Activities: April 30

Be a part of our Earth Day Upcycled Art Contest! Help us showcase local artists and sustainable art AND support our environmental education efforts.

Adult (16 years +) and youth (under 16 years) submissions welcome. Entries must be dropped off to the EEC between March 21 – March 25 (8 AM – 5 PM).

If you are reusing objects (e.g. old furniture, jewelry, tile, etc.), please include pictures of the original objects (before they were included in your final piece).

See details and criteria HERE.

Entries will be on display at the EEC for the entire month of April. Popular-vote winners will be awarded on April 22, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded at our Earth Day celebration on April 30.

Each year, the EEC gives out free trees to the public and visitors work with our City’s GIS team to map where they will plant them–you can see an updated map from past Arbor/Earth Day events HERE.
* While supplies last

10 AM – Pick up the perfect tree for your yard! Trees are 6 – 24 in. tall and potted. Leftover trees will be planted at the EEC as part of our site management/restoration plan.

To find the best tree for you/learn more about each species, click on the tree names above.

Bring your NONINVASIVE seeds and starters to our exchange during our Earth Day event. The exchange will start at 12 PM. Remember to label your plants with as much info as you can (labels will also be provided). 

Notes:

  • Bring no more than 15 plants
  • Please do not arrive more than a half hour early
  • Recycle milk jugs and coffee cans for flower pots!
  • A wago may be helpful to transfer plants to and from the parking lot.
Check out live fish from the Elkhart River! Learn all about the health and ecosystems of our local waterways from the city’s Aquatic Biologist, Daragh Deegan.

“Indiana Woods on Wheels is a traveling interactive exhibit that provides information about the Hoosier state’s most renewable resource, our forests. Visitors will feel as if they have been transported to the woods as soon as they enter—the interactive displays will immerse the senses while covering key topics in forestry. Navigating through the exhibit takes visitors from learning about the benefits of forest management and how it supports Indiana’s native wildlife to the history of Indiana’s forests and the many industries that rely on our magnificent hardwoods to produce the products we all know and love.”

–learn more at https://www.in.gov/isda/divisions/economic-development/hardwoods/woods-on-wheels/

Local woodworkers, Lynn and Roger Pletcher, will be turning pens on their lathe at the event–come check out their process and some of the unique materials they use!
This event will have all kinds of fun activities and resources! Come check it out!

Volunteer
for Earth Day

Help us give away free trees! We’ll be giving away over 200 trees free to the public to plant around town and help grow our urban forest. Trees will be given away via drive through. Volunteers will help load trees in to cars or help keep trees organized during the giveaway. Social distancing, masks, and registration are required. If you’d like to help out, please register at: https://signup.com/go/OKLcMTJ

For questions or more information, please email EECmail@coei.org or call (574) 293-5070.

Earth Day
Sponsors

Thank you to our generous community sponsors! With them, we are able to give away hundreds of free trees every year!

The Elkhart Environmental Center’s Earth Day event is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our natural, local environment. Our Earth Day event includes engaging, environmental educational activities for the whole family and provides free trees for citizens to plant at home and increase our urban canopy. Support and sponsorships from community organizations truly make this event possible.

Interested in sponsoring a popular community event? Looking for a way to give back to the community? Partner with the Elkhart Environmental Center for our 2022 Earth Day! Together, we can make Elkhart a greener, healthier city for all citizens. Please consider making a donation in support of Earth Day and the Elkhart community!

Please call (574) 293-5070 or email EECmail@coei.org for details about our 2022 sponsorship opportunities.

Earth Day

Earth Day
Sponsors

Thank you to our generous community sponsors! With them, we are able to give away hundreds of free trees every year! 

The Elkhart Environmental Center’s Earth Day event is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates our natural, local environment. Our Earth Day event includes engaging, environmental educational activities for the whole family and provides free trees for citizens to plant at home and increase our urban canopy. Support and sponsorships from community organizations truly make this event possible.

Interested in sponsoring a popular community event? Looking for a way to give back to the community? Partner with the Elkhart Environmental Center for our 2020 Earth Day! Together, we can make Elkhart a greener, healthier city for all citizens. Please consider making a donation in support of Earth Day and the Elkhart community!

Please call (574) 293-5070 or email EECmail@coei.org for details about our 2020 sponsorship opportunities.

Earth Day