Michiana is marking Earth Day's 40th anniversary this week by volunteering, helping others, and just enjoying nature.
Here is a look at some of the events going on in the area:
Donation Station and Clay Church are hosting a celebration at the Firehouse Youth Center in South Bend Thursday night. To get in, you just have to donate one non-perishable food item.
Fair trade and shop local vendors (SHOLO) will be on hand to talk about their products and services. Recycled crafts made by kids will also be donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless and local children will be reading poetry. This event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Clean Your Files Day" in South Bend will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame's South parking lot.
Just bring your paper documents, up to 100 pounds, and you can have them shred for free.
Then on Saturday, join in on the official city tree planting, a tree giveaway and much more for the annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Potawatomi Park.
The city of Elkhart is also hosting a “Clean Your Files Day" on Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Civic Plaza downtown.
The first 10 boxes to shred are free and then each box costs only $3 after that.
On Saturday, Elkhart will host its Earth Day celebration called the “Spring Fling” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Central Park.
Benton Harbor is holding a citywide clean up on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. on Main Street and at Hall Park. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park on the corner of Main Street and Pipestone.
You do need to RSVP ahead of time, just call (269) 277-5500. Work gloves and other supplies will be provided but you should wear boots or safe shoes.
On Sunday the International Friendship Gardens in Michigan City is helping visitors explore nature.
Trees will be marked and maps handed out for a self-guided tour or you can take a guided tour from a master gardener at 1 p.m.
Master gardeners will also be on hand to offer ideas and advice this planting season and there are fun activities planned for kids. Dogs are welcome to come with their owners too
Friendship Gardens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. for the event and admission is free.
To learn more about these events, click on the Big Red Bar.