State of Michigan 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 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 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, 16 school groups were invited to celebrate at Constitution Hall. Over 2,100 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 over 3,200 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.
- 2019 Poster Contest Entry - original artwork deadline is February 15, 2019
- 2018 School Group Participation Brochure
- 2018 Exhibitor Invitation
- 2018 Earth Day Exhibitor Form
- 2018 Earth Day STEM Exhibitor Form
If you would like us to list your Earth Day Event or have additional questions, please contact Tom Occhipinti, Environmental Education Coordinator at OcchipintiT@michigan.gov.
Earth Day Celebration Video Interviews
- Butterfly Tagging at Earth Day 2018
Fenner Nature Center wants to recruit every kid in Michigan as citizen scientists. At the 2018 Earth Day Celebration, naturalist Erin teaches students how to tag butterflies properly and record important observations.
- Invasive Critter Corner at Earth Day 2018
Have you ever seen a sea lamprey up close? What about rusty crayfish, or water lettuce? At the 2018 Earth Day celebration, Kevin cracks out the critters for the kiddos. Take a look and learn about the free educational resources available for teachers!
- MSU Solar Powered Car at Earth Day 2018
The Michigan State University Solar Car Team visited Constitution Hall on Earth Day this year, bringing with them their whale of a car so kids could get a first hand look at what an team of engineers can dream up, design, and build!
- Toilet Trouble & Wastewater at Earth Day 2018
Clarence and Jonathan teach kids the important lesson of where their poop goes. It's not as simple as you'd think to manage our waste. Get a brief overview of the process in this video!