While it may be widely known how important it is to try to do more to protect our planet, it may be hard to know exactly what or how to help. Here are some local events going on this week where you can get involved or lend a hand.
THROUGH APR 27 Trash Bash, 866.227.3555. in.gov/indot. The Indiana Department of Transportation's annual Trash Bash coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter. Hoosiers are encouraged to keep Indiana's highways clean and can call to learn more about beautifying a nearby area.
APR 21-25 Trash-Bash, Lake County Public Library – Cedar Lake Branch, 10010 W 133rd Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.7121. lcplin.org. This Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public, featuring activities and crafts all day long. All materials will be on hand during the library's open hours. Registration is not required.
APR 21-27 Mother Earth Education Week, Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St, Lake Station. 219.963.2070. mybellaboos.com. Even kids can make a big difference during this week-long celebration of Earth Day. A variety of activities are planned throughout each day and teach environmental courtesies, earth stewardship and respect for nature.
APR 26 Celebrate Earth Day with Incredible Bats, 5:30-6:30pm, 8751 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.6900. munster.org. Attendees to this Earth Day event can learn all about Egyptian fruit bats, such as whether they are blind, if they can really eat a frog, and if they stop breathing when they hibernate. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera for a unique photo opportunity with the fruit bats.
APR 26 Earth Day at the Zoo, 11am-3pm, Washington Park, 115 Lakeshore Dr, Michigan City. 219.873.1510. michigancityparks.com. Washington Park Zoo offers free crafts and environmental education in honor of Earth Day.
APR 26 Earth Day Celebration, 2-3pm, Hebron Public Library, 201 W Sigler St, Hebron. 219.996.3684. pcpls.org. Valparaiso University Theatre Players will perform skits for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Children can then make a sun catcher from recycle water bottles. Advance registration required.
APR 26 Green Gary Day, 10am-3:30pm, Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Dunes National Lakeshore, 7-85 N Lake St, Gary. 219.395.1858. dunesnationalpark.org. Green activities will be led by park rangers and include a Junior Ranger program, kids' activities, environmental exhibits, beach cleanup, live animals, kayaking, canoeing and art activities.
APR 26 Taltree Spring Cleaning, 10am-noon, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Taltree invites the public to help get the arboretum and gardens spruced up for spring. Projects include general clean up and garden work.
APR 27 Earth Day and Arbor Day, noon-3pm, International Friendship Gardens, 2055 US 12, Michigan City. 219.878.9885. friendshipgardens.org. This Earth Day and Arbor Day, guests can explore the gardens, take a guided woodlands hike and enjoy children's crafts at the International Friendship Gardens.