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Here’s How Hamilton County is Celebrating Earth Day 2022 

It’s Earth Day, that glorious time of year where we all take a day and celebrate this great, big wondrous blue marvel that we call home. Around Hamilton County, here are just a handful of the many events you can take part in to celebrate Earth this weekend! 

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In honor of Earth Day weekend, the City of Fishers’ Keep Fishers Beautiful initiative invites residents to come together on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to beautify their community and ensure a sustainable future. Keep Fishers Beautiful (KFB) brings together residents, homeowner’s associations, local businesses and organizations to support the vibrancy of the Fishers community. Residents can also find sustainability resources, community stories and blogs on ThisIsFishers.com during Keep Fishers Beautiful throughout April Sustainability Month. Residents can learn more and sign up to volunteer at ThisIsFishers.com/KFB. 

Earth Day weekend volunteer opportunities include: 

1. Mudsock Fields Mulch Spread 

· Saturday, April 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mudsock Fields, 12160 Packers Ave., Fishers. 

· Volunteers will beautify the park by spreading mulch to get ready for summer. 

2. Fishers AgriPark Strawberry Planting 

· Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Fishers AgriPark, 11171 Florida Rd., Fortville. 

· Volunteers can show off their green thumbs by helping to plant strawberries at the Fishers AgriPark. 

3. Cheeney Creek Cleanup & Garlic Mustard Pull 

· Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cheeney Creek Natural Area, 1030 Fishers Pointe Blvd., Fishers 

· Volunteers will help spruce up the natural area by clearing branches, as well as removing invasive plants, debris and trash. Registration is still open for this event. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at ThisIsFishers.com/KFB. 

4. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve Weed Wrangle 

· Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Rd., Fishers. 

· Volunteers will help to combat invasive species by pulling Mustard Seed throughout the park during this annual event. This opportunity is in partnership with Hamilton County Invasive Partnership’s Invasives Bucket Challenge. Registration is still open for this event. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at ThisIsFishers.com/KFB. 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the City of Fishers and Fishers Parks will also host the Fishers AgriPark Tree Planting and Fence Building volunteer opportunity on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., where volunteers will plant trees and assist with building a fence at the Fishers AgriPark, 11171 Florida Rd., Fortville. This event is sponsored by the Fruit Tree Planting 

Foundation and their partners at Arbor Day Foundation and The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation. Learn more at thisisfishers.com/KFB. 

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Mark the celebration of spring with the annual Wildflower Walk at Teter Retreat & Farm on Sunday, April 24. 

Wander the woods on your own anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with guided tours beginning at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

“From violets to trilliums, phlox to bluebells, trout lilies to wild geraniums, Teter Retreat & Farm boasts a wonderful display of wildflowers that you can take in on your own or in a guided tour,” said Emma St. Dennis, the walk’s coordinator. 

“The Wildflower Walk is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Jerry Rairdon, lead pastor of Noblesville First United Methodist, which owns the retreat center and farm. “Especially after the long winter, spending an afternoon in the woods is an incredible treat.” 

The event is free and open to the public and great for all ages, kids, scout groups and adults. Although the walking path is easy, it is not wheelchair accessible. Teter Retreat & Farm is located at 10980 East 221st St., Noblesville. In the event of lightning or rain downpours, the event will be canceled. Check the Teter Organic Farm Facebook page for updates. 

For questions, contact Emma St. Dennis at (317) 432-7146 or email threelsmom@hotmail.com. 

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Hamilton Town Center is celebrating Earth Week with a focus on sustainability, recycling, donations and more. 

Learn how you can decrease your environmental footprint and make a positive impact on the planet. Head to Hamilton Town Center on April 23 from 12 -3 p.m. at The Green Space. Come out and enjoy a pop-up with People for Urban Progress where you can connect, reuse, and make items. The first 100 people will receive a one-of-a-kind sustainable giveaway from a new retailer that Hamilton Town Center is announcing soon! 

In addition, Hamilton Town Center is teaming up with Give Back Box, offering guests the ability to give back to those in need. Customers will be able to reuse any cardboard box by filling it up with gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories, printing a free, prepaid shipping label and the donations will then be sent to a local charity. 

People for Urban Progress is non-profit that advances good design and civic sustainability by developing products and projects in connectivity, responsible reuse, and making. PUP is creating a smarter, more sustainable, and more resilient city by combining good design with existing resources. 

Shoppers will be able to select their choice of used vinyl that PUP will sew into new designs. Custom designs will be picked up at a later date. 

Also in attendance, a new retailer will be on-site potting flowers in small containers for attendees. Each container will have a special code to receive a one-of-a-kind sustainable giveaway when the store officially opens. 

Additionally, Hamilton Town Center is hosting a food collection with Hamilton County Food Bank now through April 30. Donations can be dropped off at the mall office or near the food court restrooms