Annually Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd across the nation. This date marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in the United States. Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular environmental observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.
Locally the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the effects of climate change become more and more apparent every day. The District remains fully committed in celebrating and recognizing Mother Earth in all her infinite glory on this National Day.
Earth Day Celebration 2023
The NWI Earth Day Celebration was open to all area schools, community groups, non-profits, commercial businesses and residents.
Our 2023 event featured:
- Reuse fair
- Rain barrel design contest with participating area schools
- Live music with steel drums
- Secure Shred document destruction
- Bird house building
- Raffle giveaway
- Live broadcast with Adams Radio
- Wildlife show with Humane Indiana
- Recycle show with Vodville Klown
- Working bikes
- Alternative fuel equipment on display with NIRPC and Drive Clean Indiana
- Smokey bear
- Children’s activities
- Guest speakers and interactive vendors/ exhibitors
- Estimated 2,000+ residents
The next Reuse Fair, sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, will take place at the 2023 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd.
Promote “Reuse” and keep items out of the landfill by donating to organizations in need. The Reuse Fair connects participating non-profit organizations and schools that request supplies with community members who have items they no longer want. Donations will be divided amongst benefitting organizations based on wish lists.
Donations will only be collected at the Porter County Expo Center, April 22nd 9am-noon. Donations must be clean and in good condition. Volunteers have the right to refuse any item before drop off.
2023 Vendor & Sponsor Registration
Thanks for your interest in exhibiting! Unfortunately, space at the 2023 Earth Day Celebration is all sold out. We hope to see you at the event, though, and stay tuned for Earth Day 2024 event registration information!
Thanks for Volunteering!
We’re so happy that so many folks have volunteered to make this event a success! While we no longer need additional volunteers for our 2023 event, we hope you’ll keep an eye out for opportunities to volunteer for future events.
Interested in volunteering to help make our Earth Day event a success? Simply complete the form below to sign up and we’ll be in touch with additional details!
Rain Barrel Design Competition Rules & Guidelines
Registration for school representatives or teachers will be available until 35 competitors have registered or Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, whichever comes first.
All schools, public and private, and all grades (K-12) and homeschool cooperatives are invited to participate. One barrel per school/group limit.
The Rain Barrel Design Competition is sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction and the MS4 Communities in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.
Sign-up for the Rain Barrel Design Competition is now closed. See each school’s work and vote for your favorite at the Earth Day event on April 22nd!
Sign Up Today!
Schools should expect to receive rain barrel shipments from our vendor at Upcycle Products out of Morris, IL.