Out of caution surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the department's 2020 Earth Day celebration has been canceled. While safety, stewardship and service are all very important to the department, safety is the top priority. Look for us at next year's Earth Day celebration scheduled for April 23, 2021.

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2020 Earth Day Slogan Contest Winner

Congratulations to Bailey Ogle, a fifth grade student from Boswell Elementary in Lebanon for winning first place with the slogan, “Use less plastic, it’s Earth-tastic!” Bailey was among 400 Missouri fifth graders from 43 schools who entered the annual slogan contest.

On what would have been our Earth day celebration, we congratulated Bailey during a video conference, and Director Comer read Governor Parson's proclamation. Check out the tweet!

As the slogan contest winner, Bailey will receive the special Earth Day proclamation signed by Governor Mike Parson, a $50 gift card donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City and a rock and mineral set from the Missouri Geological Survey. Bailey’s teacher, Bailey Wilson, will also receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Typically, the slogan winner and teacher are announced and prizes awarded during the annual Earth Day celebration in Jefferson City. However, because this year’s event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, the department will make other arrangements to recognize Bailey and Ms. Wilson and present their prizes.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual worldwide Earth Day commemoration and the 26th year the department has used the day to help Missourians, especially children, learn about the environment and how to care for it. 

While Earth Day festivities can’t be held this year, children of all ages can still celebrate at home. To find a variety of fun ways to learn about the environment and how we all can help take care of the Earth, check out some of the links in the right navigation bar.


Earth Day committee members receive prestigious award for 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.