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Out of caution surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the department's in-person 2022 Earth Day celebration at the Capitol building is cancelled. 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 in 2023. Other department sponsored activities being held to observe Earth Day are listed below.

Earth Day Slogan Contest Winner

Mahamud Mahamud, a fifth grade student from Kansas City International Academy, won first place with the slogan, "May the forest be with you." Mahamud was among more than 700 Missouri fifth graders who entered the 2022 slogan contest.

As the slogan contest winner, Mahamud received a special Earth Day proclamation signed by Governor Mike Parson, a $50 gift card donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City, four admission passed to the Kansas City SeaLife Aquarium, and a rock and mineral set from the Missouri Geological Survey. Mahamud’s teacher, Joe Krohn, received a $10 gift card donated by Panera Bread Company and a $25 gift card donated by Dollar General. Typically, the slogan winner and teacher are announced and prizes awarded during the annual Earth Day celebration in Jefferson City, however, this year’s event was cancelled due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.

Congratulations to Mahamud and Joe and thanks to everyone for entering!

Read the news release.

Earth Day Art in Missouri State Parks Contest

During Earth Day, we celebrated our amazing planet and reflect on the importance of protecting it. As part of our 2022 Earth Day celebration, Missouri State Parks sponsored a virtual art contest for pre-K through eighth grade. The theme of our contest was Earth Day Art in Missouri State Parks. Our state park system preserves some of the most outstanding natural resources in the state. We would love to see your artwork that showcases some of the special places in our state parks and historic sites. Thanks to everyone for entering!

  • The first 500 submittals received a Missouri State Parks nature journal.
  • A grand prize “Director’s Choice” award was given for the top artwork, and included a $50 gift card to Missouri State Parks. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category received a medal. Honorable mentions in each age category received a certificate.
  • Winning artwork will be displayed on the Missouri State Parks Facebook and Flickr pages. Winning artwork will also be displayed at the Missouri State Museum during the month of June.

Check back for more info about the prize winners.

Earth Day Art in Missouri State Parks news release


The following businesses donated items to the Earth Day celebration:

  • Andy's Frozen Custard in Springfield - Coupons for free concretes and sundaes
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seed in Mansfield - More than 400 seed packets
  • Bluestone Perennials in Madison - $30 gift certificate
  • Bluff Dwellers Cave in Noel - Four admission tickets
  • Campbell House Museum in St. Louis - Four free passes
  • Central Bank at 238 Madison St. in Jefferson City - $50 gift card for the winner of the Earth Day Slogan Contest, 573-634-1302
  • Conservation Employees Credit Union - LED desk clock/ lamp and $10 Panera gift card
  • Dollar General - $25 gift card
  • Hamilton Native Outpost in Elk Creek - Two pounds of coreopsis, plains seeds
  • J & P Park Acquisition Inc. in Hodges - 22 seed packets
  • Legends Bank in Jefferson City - Rain gauge and glass mug
  • Legoland in Kansas City - Four tickets value $25.99 each
  • Myseum in Town & Country - Two adult and two children's passes
  • Panera $10 gift card
  • Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City - Four tickets value $20.99 each
  • St. Louis Ambush in St. Charles - Four general admission tickets to a St. Louis Ambush Arena soccer game

Other Events

Earth Day Events Across Missouri

Many communities in Missouri have Earth Day celebrations. This is only a partial listing.

Earth Day Events in Missouri State Parks

Visit this page often to find out about Earth Day events being planned at various Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.

Missouri Recycling Association

MORA Earth Day Stewardship Showcase

    Other Links


    • EPA Earth Day History - Earth Day, which occurs annually on April 22 for the national celebration, involves tens of thousands of events, from rallies and teach-outs to concerts and Earth fairs. You'll find them everywhere, in the world's capitals and in its nooks and crannies -- together sending a message loud and clear that this turf is precious, perishable and belongs to all of us.
    • Learning and Teaching about the Environment
    • Nature Watch - Animals in action
    • S.K.Worm - He'll answer your questions about soil
    • Reducing Food Waste Activity Book
    • EPA Trash-Free Waters Challenge - We challenge you to help EPA keep the waters of our creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans TRASH-FREE! Did you know the majority of the trash and plastic items found in the oceans actually came from land a long way upstream? Now that you do, you can help keep trash out of the oceans, even if you live far from the coast. Trash can be carried by rain, wind and floods into roadside ditches and storm drains that eventually lead to nearby creeks, streams and rivers. This trash can be carried for hundreds of miles until it empties into the ocean. Plastic items in water are a significant concern because of their harmful effects on the environment, wildlife, and human health. EPA's Trash-Free Waters program is focused on keeping waters trash-free by working with communities to reduce the amount of trash entering U.S. waterways and the world’s oceans.'s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet. 

    Earth Day on your Block

    Earth Day on your Block - Anyone can find ideas on holding their own local Earth Day activities. Heartland All Species Project provides suggestions.