The first Youth Environmental Day was conducted on May 16, 1964, at Holley River State Park. Today, the event is celebrated annually at North Bend State Park, the third Saturday in May. Hundreds of participants annually attend. Highlighting the activities is the presentation of more than $15,000 in cash awards and scholarships in recognition of outstanding environmental accomplishments by the youth groups enrolled in the program.
Special guests may include the governor, the DEP cabinet secretary, representatives from several award sponsors and dignitaries. Many exhibits are featured, including the WV Division of Forestry, West Virginia State Parks, Raptor Rehabilitation, REAP, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement featuring Eddie Eagle and Robo Deer, and many more.
Camping is available for those participants wanting to stay for the weekend. Lunch on Saturday is also provided free to all participants.
2021 Award Winners Announced
During this past year, YEP groups worked over 20,000 hours to recycle more than 13,000 pounds of aluminum, 39,000 pounds of plastic, 51,000 pounds of steel and 49,000 pounds of paper. They also planted 1,034 trees, more than 1,500 flowers and cleaned up 75 miles of roadways, in addition to community areas and streams. Groups collected 255 bags of trash. Here is list of 2021 award winners.
2021 In-Person Youth Day Canceled
Stay tuned for details about virtual Youth Day 2021.