Earth Day 2016
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April 22, 2016 - Trees for the Earth

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, they are calling on you to help achieve one of the most ambitious goals yet — planting 7.8 billion trees and starting now. Trees will be the first of five major goals in honor of the five-year countdown to Earth Day's 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Here are some ways to celebrate ...

Make the Switch
Change your outdoor lights to CFLs or LEDs for Earth Day. You'll save $100 a year in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton of CO2 when you change 5 outdoor lights (the ones that stay on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL or 9 W LED. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference for Earth Day!

Go Plastic-Free
Check out this youtube video and make a pledge to use a refillable bottle instead of buying bottled water, and bring your own, reusable shopping bags instead of using single use plastic or paper.  Oh, and don't forget to ask for "no straw, please."  See video.

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Children's Earth Day Art Exhibit
In celebration of our earth, come check out the top art entries on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center, Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District, and Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace.  These art exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably.  We hope their messages about saving energy, recycling, growing our own food, planting trees and more will raise awareness and help build a more sustainable community. Read more
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JCC Earth Day Commuity Celebration
Sunday, April 17th, 1-4 p.m. Read more.
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Noblesville Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 23rd, 9am - Noon 
Forest Park, Noblesville  Shelters 3 & 5
Enjoy family activities. Free tree seedling give-aways.
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Earth Day Garden Crafts
Saturday, April 23rd, 10 a.m.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day week than a craft party to decorate plot markers for the Project Eden Gardens or your gardens at home. This is an all ages event, so bring the whole family! Sign up and additional information here.
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Earth Day Indiana Festival
Saturday, Apr. 23, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Military Park, Indianapolis  Read more.

Mission Monarch
Saturday, April 23rd, 1-4 p.m.
Cool Creek Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about monarchs and the importance of native plants to butterflies.  Learn how to grow milkweed and take home you own milkweed plants so you can jump-start your garden.  Celebrate monarchs with fun activities and crafts.  Staff will also be offering woodland wildflower hikes. Fun for all ages. See flyer.  Click here to view Cool Creek eco-series on Monarch Butterflies!

Earth and STEM Fair
Saturday, April 23rd, 2-5 p.m.
Eleven Fifty Academy, 116th Street, Carmel
Join the CHS Environmental Action and STEM clubs to learn about environmental sustainability.
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Order Native Plant Kits!
Orders & payment are due by April 23
Take the guesswork out of creating your own native plant garden with a selection of tried and true native plants. Create your own pollinator garden, rain garden, prairie garden or shade garden.  Each kit includes 50 native plants, 5 plugs of 10 species.  Kits cost $120 and will be available for pick up in mid May.

Click here for more information and to place an order.  
Click here to see flyer for list of plants.
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Attend a Green Sermon
Sunday, April 24th, 9:30 a.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
Celebrate Caring for Creation at a green worship ceremony. For more information, visit the Epworth website.
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Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Geist Christian Church.   Read more.
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Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, & Prescription Drug Disposal
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Creekside Middle School.  Read more.
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Carmel Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, May 7th
Carmel Farmer's Market
The City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer's Market providing free tree seedlings for attendees.
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Butterfly Habitat Creation Workshop
Monday, May 9th, 6-8 p.m.
Cool Creek Nature Center
Learn how you can create a habitat for Monarch butterflies in your yard, church, business, or neighborhood common area. Learn about how to plan your project, maintenance considerations, financial assistance that may be available, and for the first-hand experiences from a homeowners association that has converted turf grass to Monarch habitat.  See flyer. Click here to view Cool Creek eco-series on Monarch Butterflies!

Water - Connecting the Drops
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m
Carmel Clay Public Library
Join us to learn about our water resources. Read more.

Earth Hour - Earth Day Art Contest
Select artwork from the Earth Day art exhibit.  Read more.

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