It’s Earth Day! Get out and celebrate all around Missouri

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Happy Earth Day, Stream Teamers! It’s a beautiful day in the Show-Me State, so you’re spending quality time with Mother Nature. Actually, you should get outside right now! Go on! This blog post will wait right here…

Gee, wasn’t that neat? Now, if you want to commune with your fellow humans to celebrate the Earth, we have some suggestions for that, too. Here’s a quick overview of Earth Day festivals and events taking place in cities all over the state.  (Bonus: Missouri State Parks have hikes and celebrations planned as well.)

Scroll down for info on how to get a stamp on your Stream Team Anniversary Passport for attending one of these events or even just doing something yourself.

If you know of some more activities this week, please leave us a comment below!

Columbia

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Columbia Area Earth Day Festival: It’s one of the oldest Earth Day festivals in the state and includes a vibrant street fair, kids’ park,  earthy entertainment and educational talks throughout the day.

Details: Sunday, April 27, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. in downtown Columbia near Peace Park

Jefferson City

edaylogoMissouri Department of Natural Resources Earth Day Celebration: The Department of Natural Resources is determined to make this 20th anniversary of a capitol Earth Day the best ever, with a  Teachers’ Resource Room, live presentations, hands-on crafts from recycled materials, and more exhibitors than ever before.

Bonus: Stream Team will have a booth here. Come say hello!

Details: Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Capitol Lawn 

Kansas City

Check out a Native Plant Sale on April 26 at The City Market. Photo by Van Wiskur from the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
Check out a Native Plant Sale on April 26 at The City Market. Photo by Van Wiskur from the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Hopefully you made it to last weekend’s early Earth Day events at Powell Gardens and the Kansas City Zoo. If not, no worries! This week, the city is ripe with things to green up your life and community. For instance, today is Keep Kansas City Beautiful’s big Electronics Recycling event at the Sprint Center. There’s a talk about “Sacred Waters: the Middle Missouri & Central Prairie Freshwater Ecoregions” tomorrow, and Saturday will see a volunteer community cleanup, an ecological restoration project in Swope Park, a compost giveaway in Overland Park, and a native plant sale at The City Market.

You can find more Kansas City environmental event information now and throughout the year at Greenability Magazine’s events calendar.

Springfield

Dickerson Park Zoo is hosting a Party for the Planet with ‘green’ activities and animals hunting for Easter eggs. What a hoot!

Details: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Dickerson Park Zoo

St. Louis

sled-logo-new@2xEnjoy three stages of entertainment, learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, and participate in a variety of hands-on educational activities for this multipart event.

Earth Day Eve: Saturday, April 26, 2014
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Muny at McKinley Dr. & Pagoda Cir., Forest Park

Recycling Extravaganza: Sunday, April 27, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, off Oakland Avenue

Earth Day Festival: Sunday, April 27, 2014
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Muny grounds of Forest Park

Get your passport stamped

If you attend any of these events or even celebrated Earth Day in your own way, just submit an activity report to us and make sure you specify that it was an Earth Day event. We’ll send your stamp out in a jiffy! More details on the Passport Program here…

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalEarth Day celebrations are part of more than 25 activities we’re highlighting for Missouri Stream Team’s 25th anniversary. We have cleanups, education events and even a big float trip coming up now through October, so mark your calendars!

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