The Indiana State Museum has become one of many sites in Indiana geared toward people who are looking to be more environmentally responsible. On March 20 and 21, the museum will feature events and activities that showcase how individuals and companies can tackle environmental issues at the Going Green Festival.
Each year the festival allows visitors to challenge their skills at spotting energy foes, planting their own garbage gardens and creating masterpieces of recycled art — all while saving green to be green.
“Throughout the festival, we will have numerous representatives from environmental awareness organizations and businesses. They will be on-hand for demonstrations on a variety of subjects, including native backyard wildlife, energy efficiency, organic foods, clean waterways and more,” said Joanna Hahn, manager of school programs.
Last year the museum partnered with Earth Charter Indiana to add the Eco Science Fair to festival. The fair is slated to return. This competition will feature displays by students from across Indiana who wish to champion green projects. “We want attendees to get inspired by what their Indiana’s youth are accomplishing that will make them think about what their schools and communities can do to be more green,” added Hahn.
This year, Hahn and Poyser expect two dozen schools to compete, showcasing youth sustainability efforts and leadership. An additional component to the Eco Science Fair will be Saturday’s series of presentations by Indiana youth. “We’ll have a number of presentations covering, for example, sustainable agriculture and environmental leadership,” said Poyser. “We will also have works of theater, as young people like to combine science with art. Expect a day full of inspiring vision for the future.”
Festival hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is presented in conjunction with Earth Charter Indiana and contributing sponsor Animalia, Inc.
The events are included with museum admission and free to members. Pre-registered school groups will receive free museum admission if attending on March 20. Please call 317.232.1637 to register your class.
The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture.