June 20, 1955

The flowering dogwood was chosen as Missouri's official tree.

June 11, 2007

Big bluestem was named by the state legislature as our official grass.  This followed the lobbying efforts of fourth graders at Truman Elementary school in Rolla.   

March 30, 1927

The eastern bluebird became our state bird. This red, white, and blue species is different from the all-blue western bluebird.

June 16, 1989

Students from Lee’s Summit got the crinoid named Missouri’s official fossil. The little animal that looked like a plant lived in the ocean that once covered Missouri.