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Eco Experience
An exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair

Visualize the plastic bags and film that Minnesotans discard You'll be blown away. The Bagnado is just a small part of the 500 tons of plastic bags and packaging that Minnesotans discard EVERY day. Learn how recycling plastic bags and film becomes Minnesota-made products.
Daily cooking demonstrations Daily cooking demonstrations. These chefs cook with local food and prepare dishes that you can handle, too. Samples included!
imageSustainability Stage. The stage is our space for shows and demonstrations. Experts, leaders in sustainability, and youth presenting on their solutions and ideas.
Vehicles powered without gasoline on display. Vehicles powered by alternative fuels. Moving beyond gasoline helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Nature Adventure Play Area Put the wild back in the child. Imagination is a key ingredient of the Nature Adventure Play Area. Kids can explore this creative outdoor space in front of the Eco Experience building!
Learn about options for getting around without a car. Kick Gas. Minnesota continues to innovate and expand options for getting around without a car. Try loading a bike on to the front of a bus-bike rack, learn about pedestrian laws, ask questions about regional transit plans, and learn how to check out a Nice Ride bike.
image Electric vehicles charged with solar power. Charging with renewable energy helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions even more.
image The historic Progress Center goes green. The Eco Experience occupies the Progress Center building, built in 1907—and constantly being improved!

The Eco Experience is a huge exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations and resources. The annual event is open during the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair. This year's dates are August 27-September 7, 2015.

The Minnesota State Fair's history in agriculture, food, arts and crafts, innovation, and youth projects are kept alive in this environmentally themed building.

What's new at the Eco Experience in 2015?

As the second largest exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, Eco Experience is not a place to be missed. In 2013 Eco Experience won the fair's People Choice Award for Best Attraction. Last year Eco Experience created and displayed a Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Wad of Paper. And this year, we've added plenty of new things we are excited to share with you. Here's just a few:



Take the Eco Experience Challenge: Kids, pick up your free bookmark when you enter the building. Stop by the exhibits and complete the marked hands-on activities then at the end you will receive an amaxing YOXO toy. The YOXO, made in Minnesota, is recyclable and made from recyclable material. There is also an activity area to play with your YOXO right at the Eco Experience building. As always we have a great kids activity area filled with couches, computer games and an area for parents to take a breather and learn with their kids. Limit of 800 toys awarded per day; first come, first served.


Be reuseful.

Reuse Room: ReUSE Minnesota will add a new dimension to Eco Experience's ongoing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle feature. This year, the area will feature youth- and adult-friendly, hands-on projects plus daily demonstrations of DIY reuse projects and repair techniques. Projects include turning t-shirts into grocery bags, making light fixtures out of milk jugs, repairing outdoor gear and bikes and so much more. 

Revamped Nature Adventure Play Area

Revamped Nature Adventure Play Area: Bring back the "Wild in the Child." Imagination is the key ingredient of Nature Adventure Play. Kids will love playing on the outdoor, multi-sensory playground, composed of plant materials, tree stumps, tree branches, and natural everyday recycled materials. Explore this free area in front of the Eco Experience building. The play yard will be loaded with a large sand and water area, the grassy hill with teepee and fairy garden, an adventure play construction zone using recycled and natural materials, a music and complete with a campsite seating area for parents. 

Climate and Community: The Power of Change: Jump on the “people’s scale” to show the power of collective change. The exhibit will feature a scale where fairgoers can interact with one another and show how people and neighbors working together make change. The more people the more progress. This demonstrates how cooperation between neighbors and town residents can help with Climate Change. Participants will get the chance to vote for actions they’d support in their own communities, like renewable energy and the sharing of tools.

Go Down the Drain & learn more about chemicals going down the drain: Climb into our larger-than-life sink and slide down a drain inside our Water area this year. We are showing fairgoers what really happens to water when you flush something down the sink or toilet. Our wastewater systems do a great job of cleaning up the billions of gallons we flush, but there are still hundreds of chemicals that make it through the treatment process and into our rivers, and even back into our drinking water.

Questions? Contact Karen Van Norman, Eco Experience Coordinator, at 651-757-2494.

Last modified on Friday, July 31, 2015 15:28

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