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Earth Day in Missouri
By Erin Sullentrup
Scholastic Kids Press Corps

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This year's Earth Day activities in St. Louis will be better than ever.

Events are planned throughout the city. One of the biggest celebrations will be the 17th Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival, to be held in Forest Park on Sunday, April 23. The theme for this year's festival is "Re-Think, Re-Use, Re-Build . . . Re-New," and will feature all kinds of activities, including a bazaar, a farmer's market, and lots of good food.

A new program called "Recycling On The Go" is an important part of this year's festival. The program's main goal, according to the St. Louis Earth Day Web site, is to "reduce the negative environmental impact of large festivals by collecting and recycling the trash that is generated." Organizers hope this program will be used in the future at large festivals across the country.

The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House will also be holding special Earth Day events. The garden will be the site of greenhouse tours, tai chi demonstrations, and music. Kids can have fun doing craft projects, like recycling newspapers into paper dolls, and making old grocery bags into hats.

There will be plenty to do in the St. Louis area this Earth Day. People will learn how to make a difference in the future of our environment, and have fun at the same time!