Earth Day 2017

Missouri State Parks interpeter Eugene Vale helps a visitor view the sun with a telescope outfitted with special protective lenses at the Missouri State Fair.Earth Day 2017 will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Missouri's 23rd Annual Earth Day offers a variety of fun and educational opportunities for students interested in finding out more about how they can improve the world around them.

This year's theme is the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017! The Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse will be the first total eclipse of the sun to visit Missouri in 148 years! The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state, but the 2017 eclipse will begin its sweep from the northwest corner of Missouri to Cape Girardeau. There will be several telescopes with solar-protective lenses available to use at Earth Day. Solar Eclipse Resources

Erin and Matt, 94.3 Kat Country, radio personalities, will host on the main stage at the Earth Day event. Get ready for a couple of rounds of our new educational "Solar Eclipse Survivor" game!

In addition to numerous displays and activities about the environment, Missouri American Water will sponsor the World Bird Sanctuary for two very special shows (11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).

You won't want to miss this year's Earth Day celebration! Teacher registration for students in grades 4 through 6 is now open.

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For more information about Missouri's Earth Day celebration contact us at 800-361-4827.

Watch a video about the upcoming total eclipse in Missouri. Spend the eclipse in a Missouri State Park video

Earth Day committee members receive prestigious award for commitment to educating youth about importance of recycling

The Missouri State Recycling Program selected the Department of Natural Resources’ Earth Day Committee as the recipient of the 2016 Annual Recycling Award. 

The state’s Interagency Recycling Committee was impressed with the long term commitment and goals applied to the Zero Waste Challenge as well as the results of this program. These elements along with the marketing effort were key in the selection of the Earth Day Committee as the team recipient of the 2016 State Recycling Award. Further, the Missouri State Recycling Program applauded the Earth Day Committee for its ongoing commitment to educate students throughout Missouri about the importance of stewardship of our vital resources.

For the last nine years, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Earth Day Committee has arranged with the Missouri State Recycling Program to host a Zero Waste Challenge during the department’s Earth Day celebration at the Capitol. Annually, more than 1,300 students, teachers and citizens learn about the environment. Educating attendees about recycling is paramount, and one of the long-term goals of the Zero Waste Challenge is to encourage Earth Day participants to strive for zero waste. The challenge for each year’s participants is to reduce the amount of waste (trash and recyclables) as compared to the previous year.

An award ceremony was held Nov. 3, 2016, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building. The energy efficient building holds a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating – the highest rating a LEED-rated building can receive. Learn more about the Lewis and Clark State Office Building.  

Read the nomination narrative.

Pictured above are committee members: Brenda Wansing, Division of Environmental Quality, Air Pollution Control Program; Laura Payton, Division of State Parks; Christa Dickneite, Division of Administrative Services; Van Beydler, Division of Environmental Quality, Soil and Water Conservation Program; Hylan Beydler, Missouri Geological Survey; Susan Bloomer, Division of Environmental Quality, Water Protection Program; Renee Bungart, Director’s Office. Not pictured: Larry Archer, Division of Environmental Quality; Stacy Bandelier, Division of State Parks; Amy Poos, Division of Environmental Quality, Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Programs; Richard Loaiza, Division of State Parks; Lisa Nahach, Division of Environmental Quality, Air Pollution Control and Environmental Services Programs; Kendra Swee, Division of State Parks.

The 2016 Missouri State Recycling Award inscription is as follows: 2016 – Missouri State Recycling Program Annual Award – Presented in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the citizens and employees of the State Of Missouri – Earth Day Committee – Department of Natural Resources.

For more information about Missouri's Earth Day celebration contact us at 800-361-4827.

Highlights from Earth Day 2016

2016 Earth Day photo gallery

At last year's celebration, attendees learned about the importance of clean air, land and water and what they can do to protect the environment. Missouri State Park rangers answered questions about how to become a ranger and about our beautiful state parks. People enjoyed the learning to paddle a kayak and "Go Batty for Bats" at Missouri State Parks booths. There were also booths to ask a geologist about rocks, minerals and fossils and learn about minerals mined in Missouri. The Environmental Emergency Response truck and tools taught about cleaning up toxic and hazardous materials. Missouri American Water sponsored the World Bird Sanctuary for a very special show. Sparky the fire pup was there with Missouri Division of Fire Safety. The Missouri Department of Transportation gave away seedlings and offered a fun and educational bean bag toss game. You could learn to "Be Energy Efficient" with the Missouri Public Service Commission and see all of the wonderful aquatic great things in the Missouri Department of Conservations's mobile aquarium. Many people took home seeds and a recyclable planter from the Missouri Department of Agriculture's booth and experienced "Pollinator Power' with Runge Nature Center. They also learned about water safety with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Division of Health and Human Services and Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology booth informed visitors about public health. People also learned about urban stormwater quality and visited the girl scout's gold award Pollinator Display at the City of Jefferson's MU Extension office booth, plus information about groundwater from the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center.