Earth Day 2016

Earth Day 2016 was held Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. 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.

At this year's celebration, attendees learned about the importance of clean air, land and water and what you can do to protect the environmen. 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 again this year 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.

Slogan Contest

This year's theme is "100 Years of Missouri State Parks" and we invited Missouri 5th grade students to develop a slogan that relates to relates to Missouri State Parks. The slogan winner is Landrey VanOverschelde from St. Peter Elementary School in Jefferson City and her teacher is Rose Gerling. The Slogan Contest winner was recognized during opening ceremonies at Earth Day and in the Earth Day proclamation.