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!
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.