NOTE: This resource list was designed for use in the Greater Kansas City area. If you live outside this area you will have to look up some of the state or local resources for your own area.
You are your most important resource. Your caring about the Earth, plants, animals and other humans is very powerful in making changes. Your caring helps you find ways around obstacles. Always remember that you can make a difference.
A friend who cares about things as you do can be a big help in organizing your Earth Day.
All Species Forum
Come visit us at the All Species Forum. A place to come and ask and answer questions, a place to tell others about your Earth Day, a place to meet others who care about the earth.-- http://www.allspecies.org/bbs1
Talk to the people in your neighborhood organization if there is one. Call either the president or the person who works for your neighborhood and tell them about your Earth Day ideas. Let them know it will be like a block party with an Earth Day theme. Ask them if there what they can help you.
To Block Off Your Street
For a permit so you can block off your street, call the Public Works Department in Kansas City, Missouri, at 816-513-2682. For other cities, look the Public Works department, listed under your citys name in the blue pages of your telephone book.
Organizations That Have Environmental Information
The Missouri Department of Conservation has many pamphlets, posters and booklets on wildlife ecology. Some of the best booklets for supporting an All Species Parade from the Departments Conservation Education Series are about the ecology of forest and prairie regions. They are ECOLOGY OF MISSOURI FORESTS, PRAIRIE LIFE OF MISSOURI, and BIOGEOGRAPHY OF MISSOURI. Landscaping for Backyard Wildlife has information for those interested in natural yards. Most of the Departments materials are available to Missouri teachers free. Out of state there is a nominal fee. Contact the Missouri Department of Conservation, Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. In Kansas City you can go to the new Urban Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City MO, 816-759-7300.
Bridging the Gap has pamphlets on various topics. They have a ecology-wise shopping guide, Environmental Excellence Campaign Pledges for individuals who want to make a difference, a household hazardous waste brochure, a MO-KAN Buy Recycled Directory and a pamphlet called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. You can reach them by writing Bridging the Gap, Box 10220, Kansas City, MO 64110 or calling 816-561-1087. Web site http://www.bridgingthegap.org
Cave Spring Interpretive Center has some nice posters showing various aspects of the environment that can be borrowed for use in your Earth Day. They can be contacted at 8701 East Gregory, Kansas City, MO 64133 or you can call them at 816-358-CAVE. Web site http://www.cavespring.org
The Composters Learning Package - This three-part package was produced with the help of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It contains an 18" by 18" full color poster, a 23-page study guide with four independent lessons, illustrations and references, and a 22-page coloring book with a color cover. Package components available separately and in bulk. Available from Stan Slaughter, EcoTroubadour. See next item below.
This tape includes songs that a group could learn and sing at your Earth Day. Rot N' Roll - Titles include: I am an Animal, Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), The Composters, Put Me in the Compost Pile, The Landfill Blues, Garbage, The Garbage Blues, The Recycle Shuffle, I Am Recycled, Im from the Earth, Lets Go Up to the Forest. Order from Stan Slaughter, EcoTroubadour.
Mid America Regional Council has various pieces of information on environmental topics. They have information on air quality, water quality, household hazardous wastes, recycling sites, including motor oil, green purchasing, waste reduction and they have an on line newsletter on their web site. You can contact them by writing Mid America Regional Council, 300 Rivergate Center, 600 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105 or calling 816-474-4240. Web site http://www.marc.org
Missouri Department of Natural Resources has information on preserving our natural resources including recycling, household hazardous wastes, composting, recycling and ground water. You can contact them by writing Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Box 176, Technical Assistance Program, Jefferson City, MO 64102 or by calling 1-800-361-4827. A listing of their publications can be found on their web site at http://www.dnr.state.mo.us/homednr.htm
The Region 7, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has information on many topics on environmental issues. We recommend that you check them out. Also, the EPA sponsors the Presidents Environmental Youth Awards for individual and group environmental projects. If you would like to enter your Earth Day on Your Block, ask them to send you an entry form. You can contact them at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 905 N 5th St, Kansas City, KS 66101. The phone is 913-551-7003 or 1-800-223-0425.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in the Kansas City area listed by counties. Find the county that you live in and contact them for information on conservation, soil, water, plants and wetlands. National Assoc. of Conservation Districts site.
University of Missouri Extension
1507 South Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055, 816-252-5051
2700 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64127, 816-482-5850
Kansas State Research and Extension has information on horticulture, agriculture, family and consumer services and home energy conservation.
Kansas State Research and Extension,
Courthouse Annex, 9400 State, Kansas City, KS 66112
Kansas Wildlife and Parks has items that you can check out for your Earth Day and has information on wildlife, threatened and endangered species and planting for wildlife. Local contact: 14639 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215 or by calling 913-894-9113x13.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse has information on home energy conservation, alternative fuels, electric cars and many other energy saving ideas. You may contact them at Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse, Box 3048, Merrifield VA 22116, or phone them at 1-800-363-3732. Web site http://www.eren.doe.gov
Earth Day Web Sites
Earth Day 2000-Cornell
San Diego Earth Times and Earth Day
Earth Day Network
The Wilderness Society's The Earth Day '97 Site
Other Informational Web Sites
The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots national environmental organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and enjoying the environment on Earth.
Sierra Club, Kansas Chapter
Sierra Club, Missouri Ozark Chapter
Green Teacher Activities- a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.
Rocky Mountain Institutes mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security and helps individuals and the private sector to practice new solutions to old problems.
A Basic Call to Consciousness - The Iroquois address to the Western World - a very interesting philosophy on nature.
Heartwood, dedicated to preserving the central US hardwood forests.
World Resources Institute, information on environmental subjects.
Econet Environmental Headlines IGC brought advanced communications technologies to grassroots organizations worldwide working for peace, human rights, environmental sustainability, women's rights, conflict resolution and worker rights.
For Giant Puppet Building and Theater Information
Brother Bread Sister Puppet, an 80-minute video of the 1988 Bread and Puppet Domestic Resurrection Circus showing pageantry created with giant puppets. Contact Jeff Farber Productions, PO Box 889, Montpelier VT 05602, 802-229-1145.
68 Ways to Make Really Big Puppets by Sara Peattie & The Puppeteers Cooperative. "Ten pages of ideas and designs for giant birds, beasts, monsters and people." Available for $4.00 post paid from Bread and Puppet Press, RD 2, Box 153, Glover, VT 05839
Engineers of the Imagination by Tony Coult and Baz Kershaw, Reprinted 1990 by Methune Drama, London. Distributed in the US by HEB Inc., 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801 The work of The Welfare State, a theater company founded in the 60s in Britain. It contains 272 pages of descriptions, photos and drawings that show all aspects of pageant production. Very creative and inspiring work.