State of Michigan Earth Day Event

Earth Day Event
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will come together to celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Constitution Hall in Lansing, Michigan. This year's participants will include school groups; families and friends of Earth Day poster contest winners; partnering organizations; and children of DEQ, DNR, MDARD, and Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) staff in celebration of Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Last year, nearly 3,000 adults and students attended and participated in a memorable celebration. Students were able to learn from and engage in over 50 interactive exhibits. Our Earth Day event has become a significant education initiative and has a lasting impact on a generation that will soon be responsible for decisions regarding our environmental and natural resources.

Each year students in grades kindergarten through 5th are encouraged to submit a creative poster that reflects the principles of Earth Day. Last year we received 2,440 posters. First and second place winners from each grade will be awarded at the Earth Day Celebration. If you are a K- 5 teacher and would like your students to participate in the annual poster contest, click on link below to find out how.

2016 Poster Contest Winners:

Click here to check out other 2016 Earth Day activities happening around the state.

If you would like us to list your Earth Day Event for 2016, please contact Tom Occhipinti at

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Thomas Occhipinti
Environmental Education Coordinator