Limiting Litter

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Adult Outreach, Latest, Learning Center

What an awesome summer we are enjoying!  We hope you’ve been able to get out with your family and friends and take in some of the best that nature has to offer here in Hendricks County. Spending time experiencing nearby nature is critical to developing a sense of ownership for your community. When people begin to feel like an area is theirs, they will work to protect it and take good care of it.  We are all far more likely to pay attention to where we put our trash when we know the creek that it could end up in or the animal that might accidentally ingest it. Perhaps the most obvious sign of how people feel about a particular area is the amount of litter scattered there. Litter is defined as trash that is not in its place.  The most commonly littered items include things like plastic shopping bags (that are like kites on a windy day), cigarette butts, fast food trash and beverage containers.  Luckily, most places we visit at least have trash cans with many now providing recycling bins and ash trays. So, there aren’t many excuses left for littering on purpose. But, not all litter comes from someone who has carelessly thrown a piece of trash out the window of the car or left picnic trash behind.  Sometimes things can accidentally blow out of a trash can or recycle bin, or even out of the back of a trash truck. Here are some quick tips to help you do your part to limit litter: Have a plan for your trash – If you are going on a picnic, road trip, or outdoor event, know where the recycling bins and trash cans are.  If none are available, bring a plastic bag along to tote your trash and recyclables back home. Secure your trash can lid and recyclables – Making sure your trash can lid cannot blow off in the wind and that your recyclables are weighed down will go a long way to keeping trash in its place.  Items like six-pack rings, yogurt cups, and grocery bags are especially dangerous to wildlife that can get caught in them or mistake them for food.  Clip the six-pack rings with scissors, flatten the yogurt cup, and take the grocery bags back to the stores to be recycled. If you see litter, pick it up – Litter gives the impression that no one cares and will, unfortunately, attract more litter. Biodegradables are not okay to litter either –Foods like apple cores, banana peels and potato chips thrown out of a vehicle cause trouble for wildlife.  Rodents are attracted to the discarded food and the birds of prey, many of which hunt during high traffic times, are often struck by vehicles while hunting along roadsides....

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Hendricks County Rib Fest & Avon Balloon Glow

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in General, Latest, Learning Center, Uncategorized

We are excited to again be part of the Hendricks County Rib Fest! This family-friendly community event is about so much more than ribs. Runners young and old can participate in the RibRun 5K and Fun Run.  And, new this year is the addition of the Avon Balloon Glow!  The event will be at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon.  The fun begins at 4pm The District is excited to again bring Deep Fried Pickle Project back to Rib Fest. They are scheduled to play at 4:30 and 7:00. This band from Coloma, Michigan plays a wonderfully catchy songs on instruments they’ve made from a cigar box, suitcase and yes, even a pink plastic flamingo. Kids love their music and their engaging, humourous style. The Pickles will also be hosting an Instrument Building Workshop around 6:00. Want to get in the mood for some Deep Fried Pickle fun?  Check out this segment from WXYZ-TV in Detroit. See you...

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Community Grant Awards Announced

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Adult Outreach, Community Grants Program, General, Latest, Learning Center, Programs

Each year the District earmarks $20,000 to provide grants to fund local projects that further the District’s mission of promoting recycling, waste reduction and responsible waste management in this community.  On April 26, 2016, the District’s Board of Directors approved the funding of two grant requests the District received during the spring round of the Community Grants Program. The recent recipients included: Avon Community School Corporation to implement a program to reduce the amount of flatware used in cafeterias that is inadvertently thrown away Danville Rotary Club to utilize recycled materials–specifically recycled rubber mulch and recycled plastic benches and/or picnic tables in the Jack Willard Community Park project The District’s grant program continues to be a great way to inspire local organizations to think differently about the waste they produce.  Grant award winners ultimately implement changes that reduce the amount of waste they generate or provide education and hands-on experience to the individuals that they impact. Since 2006, the District has awarded nearly $200,000 through the Community Grants Program.  Each applying organization is eligible to receive up to $5,000.  Grant awards are based upon the scope of the proposed program or project, the impact the program or project will have and how well the undertaking furthers the goals of the District.  Places of worship, schools, charities, service organizations and units of local government are always encouraged to apply. Past grant winners have included towns, a local library, schools, parks departments and social services organizations.  Many of the organizations that are awarded grants use the funds to purchase recycling bins to begin new recycling programs or expand existing programs.  Grant funds have also been used to purchase outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic or to purchase durable dinnerware to eliminate use of disposable plates and flatware. The District is currently seeking applications for the fall grant round (applications are due September 23rd).  Anyone with questions should contact Lenn Detwiler, the District’s Executive Director....

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2015 By the Numbers: Youth Education

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in General, Latest, Learning Center, Programs, School and Youth Programs, Uncategorized

Youth Education is a cornerstone of the District’s mission. Each year, hands-on, interactive environmental education programs are provided to over 10,000 Hendricks County students across all school districts. Popular programs include, “Who Polluted White Lick Creek?”, “How Do They Do That?”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Worms are Eating My Garbage!” The kids love the programs because they provide an exciting, engaging way to learn. Teachers and administrators love them because nearly all the programs satisfy state academic standards! Click the infographic to learn more about our successful 2015 connecting Hendricks County students with valuable environmental education. Interested in getting your student or students connected with these great programs? Contact Amy Sieferman the District’s Outreach...

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