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.

Spend the eclipse in a Missouri State Park video

Watch a video about the upcoming total eclipse in Missouri.

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.

Slogan Contest

Last year's theme was "100 Years of Missouri State Parks" and we invited Missouri 5th grade students to develop a slogan that relates to Missouri State Parks. The slogan winner was 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.