Going Green: Spring Service Day at Ritchey Woods

Volunteers help clean up Ritchey Woods in Fishers Saturday. (WTHR Photo/Kelly Greene)

Everyone is thinking spring and taking care of the environment is a part of spring cleaning!

Clean up events are happening across central Indiana to help communities clean up trash and look more vibrant.

Ritchey Woods in Fishers was beautified, with volunteers getting down and dirty, helping protect the native wildflowers from invasive plants.

Danesa Stolz, Chief Naturalist Fishers Parks & Recreation, said “Our focus is the removal of invasive plants species and invasive is a plant that does not belong here. It's usually from another country, another place. And its aggressive. It takes over. It out competes our native plants...our beautiful wild flowers and all the things that do belong here. So we've got to get them out so we protect our nature.”

Kaavya Malu, a Spring Service Day Volunteer, said “I'm here just pulling out this honeysuckle because they are just taking over the native plants food and nutrients.”

Many groups came out to volunteer, including Ball State Alumni and the HSE Rugby Team.

Also going on now through the end of April is The Great Indy Clean up. If you would like to clean up your community, you can request supplies from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, including gloves, trash bags and trash bins.

And Next Saturday, April 20 is the Earth Day Indiana Festival at Military Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., promoting environmental protection, conservation and sustainable living. There will be live music, food trucks and a beer garden as well as kids activities and a Recycle Run 5K.

  • For more information on Earth Day Indiana, click here.
  • To volunteer at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, click here.
  • For more information on INDOT Trash Bash, click here.
  • To register to participate in the Keystone Monon/46th Street Neighborhood Clean Up, click here.