Johnson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state; between 2010 and 2050 our population will increase by more than 40 percent! With growth comes the responsibility to protect our environment and ensure it can handle this progress. The Johnson County Planet Partners is a coalition of city, county, and state government agencies working to protect and manage natural resources throughout Johnson County.

The Johnson County Planet Partners are hosting a family-friend, free Earth Day Festival, April 22nd. There will be water testing demonstrations, animal talks, upcycling projects, pollinator presentations, and tree seedling giveaways. There will also be a native plant sale ($5/plant) with plants from Eco Logic. We will have the rain barrels decorated by our “local artists” on display throughout the Story Walk in the Urban Forest.

When: Saturday, April 22nd from 11am – 3pm

Where: Province Park and the Urban Forest in Franklin

Cost: Free

Events and Schedule:
Shelter 1: Join The Johnson County Partnership for Water Quality to learn about stormwater management. Water testing demonstrations at 11:30-12:15, 1:15-2 and 2:15-3.
Shelter 2: Make a soup can bird feeder, explore animal pelts, and add your mark to our Earth Day banner from 11-3.  Animal Talks at 12:30-1and 2:30-3.
Shelter 3: Garden questions answered by Purdue Master Gardeners and Native plant sale from 11-3 ($5 cash or check). Bee talk at 12:00-12:30 and 1:30-2.
Shelter 4: Upcycle plastic bottles into fun containers for plants, then choose flowers, mint, or catnip to add to the potting soil from 11-3.
Stop 5:Follow the signs and mulch trail to the Urban Forest. The Story Walk features an Earth Day themed book, Tap the Magic Tree. The Soil and Water Conservation District will be distributing free tree seedlings while supplies last. Rain barrels decorated by students are on display in the forest from 11-3.

We would like to thank our local sponsors who made this event possible!

Eco Logic – Wessler Engineering – Brown’s Tree ServiceRay’s Trash Service

 Generations Collision ServiceJohnson County Partnership for Water Quality