Mizzou's Peace Park opened to the community Sunday for the 25th-anniversary celebration of Columbia Area Earth Day. In the park and on surrounding side streets, attendees enjoyed live music, dance performances, kids' activities, artisan crafts and food, as well as educational booths stocked with sustainability information.
They might have even hugged a tree or two. (Tigers love trees.)
Mary Ellen Kirk shows off her flower crown while singing for the audience.
Jenna Nelsen-McMichael, a student worker in the MU Sustainability Office, talks to a passer-by about plants.
Mizzou student Aadil Naushad takes a plunge at the dunk tank as part of the Alpha Tau Omega Tigers Standing Strong with Autism Festival, which coincided with the Earth Day celebration in Peace park.
A great horned owl from Mizzou's Raptor Rehabilitation Project poses for a portrait.
Festival-goers enjoy the beautiful 60-degree weather and the wind blowing in their hair.
Festival-goers crowd the merchant booths at Peace Park during Earth Day.
Missouri Legacy Beef rancher Mark Mahnken grills up some meat.
Eric and Joanna Reuter of Chert Hallow Farm describe a plot of land to Brandon Smith.
Children from Grant Elementary School's drum ensemble keep the beat going at Earth Day.
Sutu Forté plays the piano and sings in a performance of "It's Our Wild Nature."
John D'Agostino plays the banjo.
Ming (father) and Kevin Wu practice using stilts.
Artist Claudia Larsen paints the face of Sofia White.
Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II entertains the crowd with music he performs on his drum.
Young fairy Beatrice Lookingbill clutches her mother's side.
William Matthews pets a black lab puppy.