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This year, 2020, marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. 
Look around you, Earth Day isn’t just one day, it’s everyday! We may be challenged by social and physical distancing, but we can still come together in our effort to celebrate our environment.  Don’t stop there, celebrate each day as if it were Earth Day!

celebrate with us  virtually 

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate support for a healthy, sustainable environment during the nation’s first Earth Day celebration. In recent years, Earth Day has grown to be celebrated globally in more than 193 countries.
In 2020, Earth Day activities around the globe are going virtual.
In fact, you can join us in participating in the 12 Days of Earth Day challenge or one of many offerings we are hosting on social media.
So you missed the livestreams? 
Don’t worry, you can still view all of the Earth Day activities on Facebook or take a dive into some of the content just below. 

  1. Recycle Right
  2. Composting
  3. Low Waste Lunch
  4. Water Quality
  5. Tree Planting

Recycle Right Presentation & Q&A

Learn all about proper recycling practices in this video presentation that not only educates, but has fun while doing it!

Presenters:  Ashley Krug & Laurie Duncan from the City of Springfield Environmental Services Department

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12 Days of earth day  challenge

Join us for a virtual Earth Day 2020 celebration! 
We’ve got a different community challenge each day for the next 12 days starting on Sunday, April 19th through Thursday, April 30. Follow along and participate on Facebook!
Choose as many or as few of the challenges you’d like to do! 

Keep track of your own points, and at the end of the month share your total points with us on social media for a chance to win a prize. 
Use this list to help you get started!

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
  6. Day 6
  7. Day 7
  8. Day 8
  9. Day 9
  10. Day 10
  11. Day 11
  12. Day 12

Trash to Treasure Day Sunday, April 19 

Challenge 1:  Create a sustainable craft using items that might be considered “trash”.
Some ideas to get you started can be found on our Sustainable Crafts page (1 pt)
Challenge 2:  Take a photo of your craft and post it to social media with the tag #SGFEarthDay (1 pt)
On average, a Missourian creates 7.6 lbs of trash every day! Calculate how many pounds of trash would be sent to the landfill in one day for every citizen in the city of Springfield. (1 pt)

Activities & Crafts  not just for the kids 

We love the natural environment, sustainability and crafts! As part of our education program, we integrate activities and crafts as a bridge to teach environmental topics and sustainable practices. Grab your family and enjoy our specially curated Earth Day scavenger hunt or pull out the crayons, flex that creative muscle and color in a coloring sheet with our favorite little Globie!

ScavColorCheck out some of our other fun crafts and activities!

MAyor’s proclamation  earth day, it’s a big deal 

On this day, April 22, 2020, Ken McClure, Mayor of the City of Springfield, Missouri, issued the proclamation that today is EARTH DAY 2020. 

Read the full Proclamation here!

Proclamation Earth Day 2020