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

2015 Earth Day in Kentucky

Celebrate Earth Day!

 Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear is collaborating with the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council to host the 2015 Earth Day Celebration in the Brown-Forman Room and Cralle-Day Garden at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort. 
The event will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and state employees have been granted up to two hours' leave time to attend the event.
 A number of state and local agencies will have booths to educate state employees and the public about how to become better environmental stewards. They include:
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
Division of Forestry
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
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
Frankfort Transit is providing trolley service to and from the event with stops at the Capitol Building and Capitol Annex, Fair Oaks, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Capital City Complex on Versailles Road.
Pick-up Times and Locations
Fair Oaks Building
9:55 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the main entrance closest to Southern States
Capital City Complex
10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at the main entrance of both buildings
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
9:50 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. at the main entrance in the rear of the CHFS building
Trolley Bus
Capitol Building and Capitol Annex
10 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. in front of the Annex at the cross walk (existing trolley sign)
Trolley Bus
The trolley bus will be parked in the drop-off area of the History Center on Ann Street for return trips. The trolley bus will make return trips until 1:30 p.m. For trolley information, call 875-8665.
The first lady will kick off the event with remarks beginning at 10:30 a.m. The celebration also includes recognition of Kentucky’s newest university-level Green Ribbon School and the newest K-12 Green and Healthy Schools.

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.