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.

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Details for our 2024 Earth Day event

are here!

Earth Day Activities: April 20

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! 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 wagon 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.
This event will have all kinds of fun activities and resources! Come check it out!

Come check out booths and activities by the Elkhart Soil & Water Conservation District, Elkhart Parks Department, Elkhart Stormwater Management, Wellspring Solar, and more!

Be a part of our progress! Learn about invasive and native plant species and how to identify and remove invasive honeysuckle. We’ll work on removing the invasive plant and planting native plants to restore our forest ecosystem on site. Tools and gloves provided.

Earth Day Activities: April 22

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! Leftover trees will be planted at the EEC as part of our site management/restoration plan.

(Coming soon) 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 wagon 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.
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!

Buy native plants at the event from this local native nursery! Check out details from Naturally Native Nursery on their website.

Come check out booths and activities by the Elkhart Public Library, Elkhart Soil & Water Conservation District, Elkhart Parks Department, Elkhart Stormwater Management, Wellspring Solar, and more!

Join us in celebrating our new renewable energy generators! Take a brief tour of the solar panel and windmill sites, learn about the energy generation process, and celebrate our new energy efficiency!

Be a part of our progress! Learn about invasive and native plant species and how to identify and remove invasive honeysuckle. We’ll work on removing the invasive plant and planting native plants to restore our forest ecosystem on site. Tools and gloves provided.

Volunteer
for Earth Day

Help us have a fun Earth Day! Volunteers can help with setup, cleanup, and event shifts such as our free tree giveaway, plant exchange, kids activities, habitat restoration, and more. Bring friends and family with you! If you’d like to help out, please register at: https://signup.com/go/dApBMev

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! 

A special thank you to the Elkhart County Soil & Water Conservation District for donating almost 200 trees and to Freshieez for donating food for our volunteers!

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.