Franklin will kick off a new festival in honor of planet earth this weekend with the inaugural Earth Day festival.

Residents can visit with Johnson County’s planet partners and get involved in conservation activities at the festival, which will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Province Park in Franklin.

The day will include free family activities such as a tree seedling giveaway, rain barrel display, story walk, natural art projects and creek water monitoring.

There will be educational programs throughout the day — an animal discussion with Johnson County Parks & Recreation, and a bee talk with Purdue Extension Master Gardeners.

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There will also be native plants for sale from EcoLogic’s nursery.

In addition to the festival, visitors can venture to the Clark Pleasant library for a special Earth Day craft session from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is at 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whieland. Crafters can make unique creations from recycled materials. Drop in any time from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

The Johnson County Recycling District, Johnson County Partnership for Water Quality, Franklin Parks & Recreation, Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District, Johnson County Parks & Recreation, Johnson County Purdue Extension and Johnson County Public Library are partnering in the event to teach the community how to have a positive effect on the Earth with local actions.