The Illinois EPA, IL Department of Agriculture and the IL Department of Natural Resources began Earth Stewardship Day in 1991 to provide an Earth Day related event for Sangamon County 4th grade students in order to expose them to the interdependence of humans and the natural resources at an impressionable age. Since then, ESD has grown into a very popular event of fun and excitement for nearly 1,000 students each year, who learn about the importance of sustainability and natural resource management in a stimulating environment.

This event is generally held during the first week in May from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The students rotate through five to seven 20 minute interactive sessions (some featured presenters require 50 minute sessions). Presenters from a wide range of agencies and organizations participate with hands-on activities addressing the importance of protecting, restoring, recycling and reusing our natural resources.

Teacher Registration for Earth Stewardship Day 2019 is now closed.  Check this page in January/February 2020 for ESD 2020 registration.

ESD Sponsors

ESD Timeline

Earth Stewardship Day will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 with a rain date on May 14, 2019 if necessary.

Information regarding ESD will be emailed to eligible Sangamon County schools.

Registration for the 2019 ESD event will open in February 2019.

For more information regarding ESD, or if you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Kristi Morris at (217) 558-7198.

If you would like to be a presenter at ESD, please fill out the Presenter Registration and e-mail the form to Kristi Morris