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Earth Day event is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates the 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. 🌷🌳🌲🌾

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Try out your Earth Day/environmental knowledge in our virtual trivia nights! Each trivia night will cover different environmental topics. You can participate in one night or all 3 (though each team can only win a prize once).

Register at: https://signup.com/go/HjnbLTL

Registration is limited to 3 teams (each team can have up to 5 members, but can also be only 1 person). The winning team will get a free tree package (a set of sapling trees from our tree giveaway). Limited to one prize per team (the prize contains multiple saplings).

  • April 6, 6-7 p.m. – Trivia Night 1
  • April 13, 6-7 p.m. – Trivia Night 2
  • April 20, 6-7 p.m. – Trivia Night 3

If your preferred trivia night is completely full, please email EECmail@coei.org to be placed on the waitlist. If there is enough interest, they may open up additional games.

Seed Ball Making WorkshopπŸ₯‘ 🏐
At Studebaker Park Pavilion to learn how to make your own wildflower seed ball–and take one home with you! The family-friendly activity is a little messy, but it’s a great way to spread native seeds!

This program is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided.

Masks, social distancing, and registration required. Register at https://signup.com/go/svZXtAa

  • April 14, 4-5 p.m.
  • April 14, 6-7 p.m.

Park Cleanups πŸ—‘
Walk the walk for Earth Day! Pick up trash and tidying the park. Supplies provided.

  • Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - Noon – Sterling/Maple Heart Trail (details will be provided)
  • Thursday, April 15, 11a.m. - 1 p.m. – Riverwalk in Downtown Elkhart, starting behind McDonald’s
  • Wednesday, April 21, 4 6 p.m.Β  – Elkhart Environmental Center

Β Register at https://signup.com/go/CvPqGkh

Live Fish & Stormwater Presentation 🦈⚑
Check out a live fish presentation by the City’s Aquatic Biologist, along with an interactive demonstration by our Stormwater Utility Manager! Learn about some of the aquatic wildlife from our Elkhart River, AND how to help take care of Elkhart's waterways.

Each presentation will last about 45 minutes. Groups will switch presentations after 45 minutes.

Masks, social distancing, and registration required.

Register at https://signup.com/go/vGfxUgT

  • Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tree Planting 🌳🌳🌳🌱🌱
April 23, 4-6 p.m.

Pot trees ahead of the free tree giveaway! There are 250 seedlings to plant. Plant onΒ  Friday, April 16 from 4-6 p.m.–might end earlier if there is extra help!

Social distancing and masks are required. Please register ahead of time so we know how many people to expect: https://signup.com/go/Oahxtri

Free Trees & Wildflower Seed Giveaway 🌳🌻🌳🌺🌳🌱
April 24

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–
* While supplies last

  • 10 a.m.– Pick up the perfect tree for your yard! Trees are 6 – 24 in. tall and potted.
  • Trees will be given out at the EEC via a drive-through system.
  • Registration is encouraged, as the trees go quickly! Register at https://signup.com/go/xhSQGBY.
  • Limited to 1 tree per household while supplies last.
  • Leftover trees will be planted at the EEC as part of our site management/restoration plan.

They will also be giving away free wildflower seed packets to those who want them. Stay tuned to their Facebook on Sunday for a How-To video on making your own seed paper!

This year’s species selection includes:

  • Sugar Maple
  • Persimmon
  • Paper Birch
  • Gray Birch
  • White Flowering Dogwood
  • Pawpaw

Volunteer for Earth Day 🌍🌎🌏

Help the EEC give away free trees!

  • Giving away over 200 trees free to the public to plant around town and help grow the 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.

Listing

Elkhart Environmental Center

  • 1717 East Lusher Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516