Fifty years ago, as the nation marked the very first Earth Day, New Jersey had its very own reason to celebrate – the creation of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
Today, the DEP includes dozens of programs that continue to advance innovative strategies to safeguard and strengthen New Jersey’s air, water and land, and the health of its residents.
In this, our 50th year, we invite all of New Jersey to share in our year-round celebration of the DEP’s efforts and achievements.
The DEP’s in-person 50th Birthday and Earth Day plans have been put on hold until further notice, so that the DEP can do its part to protect employees, partners and all New Jerseyans, as the state works to limit the spread of COVID-19. There are still many activities that you can do online, at home or in your yard or neighborhood to celebrate! Visit the “Things to View and Do at Home” and “Community Events Calendar” sections, for options. In addition, sign up here to receive DEP50 updates by email.
Read and share the inspirational Earth Day proclamation signed by Governor Phil Murphy.
Click here for information about the DEP’s virtual 50th Birthday.
Here are activities you can do to celebrate the DEP’s 50th Birthday and Earth Week.
The DEP has postponed until further notice the springtime distribution of Salem Oaks seedlings to New Jersey municipalities.
The DEP has postponed until further notice its 50th Birthday on Earth Day celebration that was to be held on April 22 at the Trenton War Memorial.
The DEP has postponed until further notice the springtime “Parks50 for DEP50” stewardship projects that were scheduled to take place through May.
Check out these virtual Earth Day events and online learning opportunities!
Share the details of your Earth Day event and we’ll add it to our calendar.
Discover why Earth Day is special in New Jersey and learn more about the day’s history.