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These Kentucky cousins take a break outdoors to enjoy the spring weather.

2015 Earth Day in Kentucky


State Government Earth Day Celebration
Mark your calendar for April 9, 2015

This year's Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Office of the First Lady, will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort.
The public and state employees are invited to join the celebratoin that includes exhibits and educational displays by local and state agencies that work to protect and conserve Kentucky's environment.
Additional details are forthcoming so stay tuned!
Take a look back at last year's event:
 Capital City Beekeepers shows off a demonstration hive.

The educational event is fun for all ages.
You can't have an Earth Day event without
Ollie the Otter from the Division of Water.

EEC Secretary Len Peters shakes hands with Christina
Howard, the 2014 winner of the Capture the Earth photo contest.

Walk/Bike Frankfort participated in the event, educating state
employees and other visitors about their plans for walking and
biking trails throughout Franklin County. 

2015 'Capture the Earth' Photography Contest for Kentucky Middle School Students
 The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its fifth-annual 'Capture the Earth' photography contest for Kentucky's middle school students (grades 6-8).
The photo contest is open to all Kentucky middle school students. Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition, and a brief explanation of how well the photograph celebrates the beauty and diversity of Kentucky and encourages others to care about the state’s environment through stewardship and conservation.
Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015. The winner will receive one nights’ lodging at a Kentucky State Resort Park of the winner’s choosing with his or her family. Middle school students may email one photograph as an attachment to
Questions can be directed to Ricki Gardenhire at 502-564-5525. Official rules and other information can be found on this page under Quick Links.
Click on this PDF titled Photography 101 for helpful tips on taking a great photo.

Congratulations to West Jessamine Middle School student Christina Howard for her winning photograph in the EEC's 2014 "Capture the Earth" photo contest for middle school students. Christina captured an apple hanging from a tree after a rain event. Christina said, "I love taking photos. When I see the moment to capture and cherish for a lifetime is just a click away, still amazes me till today!"  Christina's photo certainly captured the irresistable-ness in this apple!
Christina won  a Kentucky state parks' certificate for two nights' stay for her family at any of Kentucky's resort parks.
Congratulations Christina!


Other Past Winners

2011 -- Zackery Smallwood, grade 8, Menifee County K-8 School, shares his photo of Broke Leg Falls.

2012 -- Emily Hahn, 13, Paducah Middle School, shared her black and white photo while "Celebrating Kentucky's Forests," which was the theme of the 2012 contest that recognized 100 years of the Division of Forestry.

2013 -- Andrea Flatt, 14, Cumberland County Middle School, won with her close-up of a snail on a leaf.