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

2016 Earth Day in Kentucky

2016 Capture the Earth Photography Contest for Middle School Students in Kentucky
Submissions are being accepted for the 2016 Capture the Earth photo contest for Kentucky middle school students. The competition is open to all Kentucky middle school students in grades 6-8. Judges 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 are being accepted now through 4:30 p.m. April 8, 2016. Students can email one photograph as an attachment to For more information, call or
e-mail  Ricki Gardenhire at (502) 564-5525.
2016 Capture the Earth Rules

2015 Capture the Earth Photography Contest Winner Selected

Beaumont Middle School sixth-grader Griffin Shively, 11, is the winner of the fifth-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day.

Griffin photographed a tufted titmouse in his backyard in March. The close-up photo of the bird shows the detail of its head crest, which looks like the pattern of a tweed jacket.


Griffin has won a gift certificate for a one night stay for his family at a Kentucky State Resort Park of his choice, compliments of the Kentucky Department of Parks. 

Competition was tough in this year's contest -- 92 entries were submitted. Because of the quality of the photographs entered, the Cabinet chose two photographs as Honorable Mentions.

Noah Lyles, 13, an eighth-grader at Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort, is being recognized with an honorable mention for his photo of a forested trail covered in snow. The photo was taken at Frankfort’s Cove Spring Park.

Olivia Ray, 13, an eighth-grader at Anchorage Public School, sent in her photograph that captures a barred owl perched in a tree, looking straight into the camera.

Congratulations to Griffin, Noah and Olivia! And thank you to all of the students who entered the contest!

Read the full press release here.

 2015 State Government Earth Day Celebration

Thanks to the many wonderful exhibitors that participated in the 2015 Earth Day celebration at the Kentucky History Center.
The Office of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear collaborated with the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council to host the Earth Day Celebration.
A number of state and local agencies helped to educate state employees and the public about how to become better environmental stewards. They included:
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
Division of Forestry
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Governor’s Garden
Division of Water
Capital City Beekeepers
Division of Compliance Assistance
Department of Parks
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
Walk/Bike Frankfort
Division of Waste Management
Frankfort Sewer Department
State Office Building Green Team
Frankfort Public Works Department
Kentucky School Boards Association School Energy Managers Program
Division for Air Quality
Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project
Kentucky Environmental Education Council
Woods and Waters Land Trust
Kentucky State University
Franklin County Solid Waste Department
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Bluegrass Greensource
Kentucky Conservation Committee
Owensboro Community and Technical College 
This dream car -- a 1965 AC Cobra replica -- is powered with E-85 and drew a crowd at this year's event.
The vehicle was built by automotive and collision repair students at Owensboro Community and Technical College using a Factory Five AC Cobra Kit and a donor car.
This viper blue car with quicksilver racing stripes is hauled with a biodiesel-powered truck and trailer shown below.