Top 10 reasons to attend the NWI Earth Day

Written by Donna Stuckert. Posted in Featured, Home & Garden

Published on March 27, 2012 with No Comments

How will you celebrate Earth Day 2012? You may already know your plans for Easter and probably even Memorial Day. Though not a holiday marked by barbecues or presents, Earth Day, April 22, is an international observation marked by more than 500 million people and many national governments in 175 countries.

The Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration has become a regional event over its seven-year lifetime. Held in Valparaiso, a central hub for the three counties that make up Northwest Indiana, the event connects attendees with environmental organizations, businesses and programs that inspire and teach about ways to live greener in interesting and entertaining ways.

The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new location, inside the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you and your family should plan on attending the 2012 Northwest Indiana Earth Day next month:

  1. 1.         It’s completely free! Where else can you or an entire family go for a day of fun without having to pay for parking or admission?
  2. 2.         The celebration is inside the expo center this year. Don’t let bad weather keep you home. You’ll stay warm and dry while you’re celebrating. And, if it’s a nice day, you’ll want to come out and visit anyway.
  3. 3.         Freebies. The first 300 families get reusable Earth Day bags, and anyone completing an event survey gets a free tree sapling. Children will also have the opportunity to build a birdhouse. All of these freebies and more are while supplies last.
  4. 4.         Visit with dozens of vendors and exhibitors offering education and cool things for sale. Many of them will even offer free activities for children. You may come home with a new cleaning product, a piece of jewelry made out of something that had another purpose in a former life, or even ideas for summer fun in the great outdoors.
  5. 5.         Paper shredding! Bring two boxes of confidential papers and staff members from Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred will be on hand to make sure those old documents containing your sensitive information are totally destroyed.
  6. 6.         Silent auction. You may get a bargain on something you really want while supporting the educational programs of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County. Your assistance helps our educator visit schools around the county where he teaches children about the environment. Remember, if children learn about the environment while they are young, they are likely to make better environmental choices as they get older.
  7. 7.         Alternate fuel vehicles will be on hand. Check out the display of vehicles provided by South Shore Clean Cities. Additionally, NIPSCO will provide free rides in an electric car. If you ever thought about owning an alternative fuel vehicle, here’s your chance to learn more.
  8. 8.         More programs! Since we have moved the celebration indoors, we were able expand our program lineup. This year, we are featuring two family shows: Silly Safaris and the Recycle Cycle. Silly Safaris is scheduled for two programs, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will bring live animals for a show and tell experience for the youngsters. In addition, the Recycle Cycle returns this year to teach about recycling and reuse in a hilarious stage performance at noon. Silly Safaris and the Recycle Cycle need volunteers so don’t be shy. Also, stop by the Recycle Cycle garbage man’s booth and check out the vehicle made out of very unusual things. In addition to these family shows, count on presentations about electric vehicles, secrets to a better lawn, greening your home, wildlife orphans and qigong, so make sure you peruse the lineup on
  9. 9.         Free teacher resources available. The Recycling and Waste Reduction District will give away more than 100 science, recycling, nature and children’s books, posters, binders and VHS tapes on a first-come, first-served basis.
  10. 10.       Meet Glen the Garbologist, Smokey Bear, NIRPC’s Splash, and Hooper the Hobart Caterpillar, who will be visiting with attendees at the celebration. Your Values Magazine will also take photos of Glen with children and families between 10 a.m. and noon.

There are so many reasons to celebrate Earth Day at the Northwest Indiana celebration in Valparaiso. If you need additional information, visit or call 219-465-3819.

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About Donna Stuckert

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Donna Stuckert is the Community Education Coordinator for the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County. She is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience who enjoys working for the greater good and inspiring others on making a difference. For more information or to reach Stuckert, e-mail

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