News Release 234

MEDIA ADVISORY:  Missouri Department of Natural Resources to host Earth Day celebration

Volume 38-234 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler
573-578-2118

April 20, 2010

WHO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

WHAT: 16th annual Earth Day celebration

WHEN: Friday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: South lawn of the Capitol

WHY: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will welcome nearly 1,000 fifth-grade students from throughout Missouri to the 16th annual Earth Day celebration. Participation is free.  Earth Day is geared toward students, but the event is open to the public, as well.

The department sponsors the event and is being joined by 12 other local, state and federal agencies with educational exhibits, booths, interactive displays and stage shows on the grounds. Stage games will include Environmental Survivor, hosted by 94.3 KAT Country personalities Kevin Hilley and Erin Hart. After a one-year hiatus, the World Bird Sanctuary makes its return trip to Earth Day, compliments of the Missouri American Water Company.

            The department has a Web page in place where media outlets may obtain photographs and additional information about the event. The photos will be uploaded by 4 p.m. on April 23. They can be viewed at dnr.mo.gov/earthday/media.htm.

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Note to Editors:  At the time of this advisory, 56 classes from 25 school in 10 counties have registered to attend the 2010 Earth Day event. Schools have registered from the following counties:  Callaway, Camden, Cole, Gasconade, Jackson, Lincoln, Maries, Moniteau, Osage and Randolph.