Earth Day Events and Activities for Families in Indianapolis

Earth Day is on April 22, and there are lots of ways to celebrate this “green” holiday in Indianapolis. Here are some eco-fun ways you can celebrate the Earth with your family this year. (As with all events we publish, we recommend contacting the venue to confirm final details.)


Free Admission to Any National Park

Saturday, April 17-Sunday, April 25

National Parks nationwide

Earth Day happens during National Park Week, so celebrate the Earth by enjoying some time surrounded by its beauty. All national parks in Indiana and across the country are offering free admission, and will host a variety of special programs, events and digital experiences. There are also special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks. FREE


Virtual Earth Day with Broad Ripple Park

Monday, April 19-Thursday, April 22

Virtual, Broad Ripple Park

Celebrate Earth Day with Indy Parks! Grab a fun take-home activity box this week and enjoy some Earth Day fun at home. Ages 2-6. Parents and caregivers can pick up boxes at Broad Ripple Park, 1500 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis. FREE


Brownsburg Parks Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, April 22

Williams Park Outdoor Classroom, 940 S Locust Ln., Brownsburg

Celebrate Earth Day with Brownsburg Parks staff and several other local organizations. Take a guided hike through the woods, participate in activities at different booths around the Outdoor Classroom, register for prizes, and work together as a family to complete a Food Chain activity to take home. $5 per family.


Earth Day Celebration at The Children’s Museum

Thursday, April 22

3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis

Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for special hands-on activities to commemorate Earth Day. Local community organizations will showcase the work they do to protect and care for the Earth with resources and activities. Teens from the Museum Apprentice Program will lead activities they created throughout the museum. There will also be special programming in the STEMLab.


Earth Day Recycled Planter

Thursday, April 22

Virtual, Clark Pleasant Branch Library

Celebrate Earth Day with a new plant friend. Pick up your kit at the Clark Pleasant Branch Library in New Whitestown, then join in on a fun Zoom meeting. Kits will be available 3 days prior to the program. Registration required. FREE


Earth Day Volunteer Event at Central Park

Thursday, April 22

Central Park, 1235 Central Park Dr., Carmel

Bring the whole family to celebrate Earth Day to help Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation plant native species at the Woodland Gardens of Central Park. All are welcome to volunteer with this planting. FREE


Trash Your Trash Earth Day Program

Thursday, April 22

Cool Creek Park, 2000 E 151st St., Carmel

Learn about Leave No Trace and how to enjoy our parks without “loving them to death.” We will play games and talk about how we can protect the environment while we play outside. Registration is required. FREE


Earth Day Extravaganza 

Saturday, April 24

Pecar Park, 5203 E County Rd 150 N, Avon

Celebrate Earth Day and Pecar Park’s 2nd birthday! Create crafts with recyclables, meet the Nature Center animals, visit booths from area organizations and businesses, and more. $2 per person or $5 per family.


Indy Free Tree Giveaway

Friday, April 30

Riverside Park, 2420 E Riverside Dr., Indianapolis

Visit Riverside Park to pick up your free tree on Arbor Day. The event will be a drive-through giveaway due to COVID-19 precautions. FREE


Earth Day Indiana Festival

Saturday, June 5

Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis

Earth Day Indiana is designed to celebrate and educate on environmental topics such as recycling, conservation of natural resources and sustainable living. Families can learn and be inspired to do their part for environmental responsibility. This free annual event is typically held in April, but it has been moved to the summer because of COVID restrictions. FREE


Earth Day Indiana Recycle Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Saturday, June 5

Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis

Coinciding with Earth Day Indiana festivities, the Earth Day Indiana Recycle Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk takes participants along a scenic Indianapolis pedestrian trail, and begins and finishes at the Garfield Park Art Center.


Eco Zine at Carmel Clay Library

Through June 30

Virtual, Carmel Clay Library

The Eco Zine is an issue of the CCPL Teen Zine with a focus on environmentalism, climate change, and nature. All teens in the Carmel community are welcome

to participate in the Eco Zine, and submissions are accepted through June 30. Submissions should celebrate the beauty of nature and wildlife, including written or visual works that inspire people to reduce their ecological footprint. FREE

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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