Earth Day Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! History of Earth Day The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and since then has been held every year on April 22. Read More NC Air Awareness The NC Air Awareness program works year-round with educators, stakeholders, environmental groups, and scientists to spread the word about improving air quality. Learn more Environmental Education Nothing can replace hands-on, get dirty, wet and muddy learning. The Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs provides an online, statewide calendar for outdoor nature programs, workshops, camps and professional development. Learn more Social Media Follow us on Twitter @NCDEQ for environmental tips, and to share your Earth Day photos with us using #NCBackyardNature! Check us out Blogs History of Earth Day Earth Day Today More Content History of the Division of Air Quality Air Awareness Programs VERA: Empowering New Drivers to Protect Our Air Electrifying Transportation SEE MORE >> Environmental Justice - Roots in North Carolina Quizzes Quiz 1 Test your general Earth Day knowledge here! Quiz 2 Test your knowledge about air quality and what makes up our air here!