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Green Tour

Annually, WREC and our partners host a green practices tour highlighting projects your neighbors completed to improve water quality and habitat within the community.

Summer  2018 Green Bike Tour- Urban Gardens and Green Infrastructure

Take a tour of all things green! Join a free guided bike tour! Participants are encou raged to bring family & friends, enjoy the outdoors, & learn about green activities in the Greater Lafayette Area! No registration required. Please ensure to bring sunscreen, water, helmet and your bike!

This year we will be touring Food Sharing Gardens and Green Practices that improve the health of the Wabash River. Learn more about actions taken to reduce food insecurity and improve life in the Wabash River Corridor.

Date: August 11th, 2018

Time: 9AM

Start:  Footbridge Sharing Garden

          244 Smith Street, Lafayette, IN  

Tour Stops:

  • Footbridge Sharing Garden
  • Imagination Station- bioswale, rain garden and straw bale garden                              
  • Lincoln Sharing Garden 
  • N10 Garden
  • Food Finders- rain garden, bioswale, rain barrels and native plantings   
  • Hanna Community Garden 
  • Erie St. Gardens 
  • North St. Pervious Pavement 
  • Brown St. Methodist Church 
  • Brown St. Pervious Pavement 
  • First Baptist Sharing Garden 
  • Downtown Rain Gardens
  • LUM Garden

The tour will be 5.2 miles long.  Click here for the route map


Bikes are available to borrow for the ride thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette!  In order to borrow a bike and helmet, please arrive at 420 S. 1st Street, Lafayette IN at 8:30 AM.  

Fall 2012 Green Tour

The fall 2012 tour had a walking tour, guided bus tour, and self guided tour.

The bus tour operated from 9 am -11 am

Bus Tour Stops:

  • Alcoa- Pervious Pavement, rain gardens, bioswales
  • Oscar Winski- E- waste recycling
  • Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District- household hazardous waste recycling and disposal
  • West Lafayette Wastewater Tretment Plant- biodigesdter




Guided Walking Tour Stops:  

  • Lafayette Farmers’ Market—Local organic food & services
  • City of Lafayette- Leed Building
  • Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts- Recycled art and a CLear-Blue-Green Business
  • City Food Co-OP- Local organic food and co-operative
  • Virtuous Cycles- Rain barrels
  • North Street Neighborhood - Pervious pavement, rain gardens, bioswales, tree planters and native vegetation  

Spring 2011 Green Tour

The Spring 2011 event occurred on Saturday, May 7th and included stops highlighting backyard wildlife habitat, conservation practices, reuse of materials, and Clear-Blue-Green certified businesses. All tour stops were open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants were invited to visit the stops they wanted covering the materials of interest to them or join a bike tour which departed Tapawingo Park at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.



Tour Stops:

  • Tapawingo Park featuring Clear-Blue-Green certified businesses: Clearly Organized and Lafayette Savings Bank

  • Herb & Floral Garden and sampling at Jane’s Gourmet Deli

  • Green Art Exhibition at Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts

  • City of Lafayette LEED Building

  • West Lafayette Digester—food scraps, cooking oil/grease digestion and energy-generating system

  • Purdue Green Roof

  • Alternative Transportation—hybrids, CityBus, bicycles, solar vehicle, smart car, and more at the Armory parking lot

  • Purdue Solar Decathlon Home

  • Green Goose Homes/Henry Poor & Home Works Green Build

  • Back Yard Wildlife Habitat and Enhanced Tree-scape

  • Geothermal Residence—rain barrels, rain garden, cistern


Fall 2009 Green Tour

The Fall 2009 green tour occurred on November 21, 2009 as a bus tour. The tour included four stops from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Participants learned about soils and geology throughout the county as part of their tour.



Tour Stops:

  • Rain gardens at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse

  • Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat at a local residence

  • Geothermal heat, rain garden and rain barrels at a local residence

  • Agricultural practices including prairie restoration, wind breaks and shallow water restoration at a local farm