State of Michigan Earth Day Event
Save the Date: April 22, 2020
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), 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 22, 2020 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 EGLE, DNR, MDARD, and Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) staff in celebration of Bring Your Child to Work Day.
For the 2018 Earth Day celebration, 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. For the 2018 Earth Day celebration, we received over 3,200 posters. First and second place winners from each grade were 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, keep checking this page for additional information.
If you would like us to list your Earth Day Event or have additional questions, please contact Pam Howd, Environmental Support Division at HowdP@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!