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  1. Earth Day Activities Abound this Week

  2. Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day Next Friday

  3. DNR 'Road Rallies' Provide Local Adventures

  4. Indiana Summer Camps Offer Fun, Educational Experience

March of Dimes Fundraising to Prevent Premature Births

More than half a million babies are born premature every year in the United States. The CDC defines premature as under 37 weeks. Premature babies are at risk for a variety of problems – intellectual disabilities, breathing issues and respiratory problems are a few.  This weekend – April 24th and 25th – the March of Dimes is organizing events around the country to help raise money to prevent premature births. Their website allows you to locate events nearest to you by typing in your ZIP code.  Most events allow you to register as an individual or as a team.  If you want to get outside this weekend and help out a good cause, this is a great way to do it!

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Earth Day Activities Abound this Week

Earth Day 2010This week we celebrate Earth Day!  While it was technically on the 22nd, many places around the country are observing it this coming weekend. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day this year. One of the best ways is to get out and volunteer.  If you need ideas, check out the Events page from the EPA. They have Earth Day events from around the country listed.  If you don’t have time to attend an event, there are other things you can do. One option is to Pick 5. This program from the EPA has each participant choose five actions to commit to. You can choose to recycle, use less electricity or even ride a bicycle to work!  Maybe you’d rather teach others the importance of environmental action.  In that case, the EPA has a list of teaching resources available.  It also happens to be the 40th anniversary of both the EPA and Earth Day itself.  The EPA Earth Day website has a lot of great links to help you celebrate.  If you want something that’s a little more out of this world, check out the Earth Day page from NASA. They offer games, quizzes and aerial images to enhance your Earth Day experience.

Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day Next Friday

Indiana Arbor DayTrees are not only vital to the environment, but they also play a huge role in celebrations and some historical observances.  Friday, April 30 is Indiana Arbor Day. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual Arbor Day can be traced back to the 1800s, when a U.S. Representative went to Europe and saw the importance Europeans placed on trees.  The Indiana School Journal was the first publication that called for a tree–planting program in Indiana schools in the late 1800s. The first Arbor Day in Indiana was observed on April 11, 1884 and the dates were changed at the discretion of the Governor. You and your family can celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree or planning a ceremony.  The DNR also has resources for educators to teach students about Arbor Day and activities to help the environment. The Indiana State Museum will host an Arbor Day celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check out their website for the featured demonstrators.

DNR 'Road Rallies' Provide Local Adventures

DNR Road RallyHere’s a chance to explore Indiana in a new way!  The Indiana Road Rally is a two-day event designed to experience the back roads of Indiana reminiscent of Sunday afternoon drives. The DNR’s Road Rally begins Sunday, May 2nd at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn. The itinerary provides the details of your amazing adventure. Each team car has to have a driver and navigator to experience fully the adventure. Depending on each team’s competitive spirit, there will be an opportunity to earn points that will accumulate into prizes at the end of the trip.  Each Adventure kit will contain a detailed route as well as a challenge to complete while on the adventure. For more details, check out the Frequently Asked Questions Page on the DNR website.  Get ready for an amazing race, Indiana style!

Indiana Summer Camps Offer Fun, Educational Experience

Do your children have plans for the summer? The dog days of summer could fly by with a wide selection of day camps hosted by Indy Parks, the Indiana State Police, the State Museum, and a number of State Historic sites. The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities provides a list of summer camp opportunities on their website as well. Indiana University is hosting an Informatics and Computing residential summer camp in Bloomington for high school students entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. IU hosts many other camps for middle to high school students, listed here. Registration for camps is happening right now, so call today to reserve a spot.

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