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Eco Experience
An exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair

Visualize the paper Minnesotans discard in just 30 seconds A billion pounds of paper discards each year? What does that look like?
image Daily cooking demonstrations. These chefs cook with local food and prepare dishes that you can handle, too. Samples included!
imageSustainable Broadway. The stage is our space for shows and demonstrations. Experts, leaders in sustainability, and youth presenting on their solutions and ideas.
image Native plants for beauty, ease, and water conservation. Landscaping that can reduce mowing and watering. See installations and talk to plant experts at the Eco Experience.
image Electric vehicles charged with solar power. Charging with renewable energy helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
image Chemistry impacts our lives. Students from the University of Minnesota explain how green chemistry and engineering are reducing toxicity and waste in product development.
image The historic Progress Center goes green. The Eco Experience occupies the Progress Center building, built in 1907—and constantly being improved!
Permeable pavers let stormwater through. Let the water soak in. Permeable pavers for patios, sidewalks, and driveways. At the Eco Experience you can talk to a professional and make plans for your yard.
What can bugs tell you about water quality? What lives in the water? This exhibit provides an up-close look at the insects that tell us our lakes are healthy and safe.


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 2014?

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


#KickGas and imagine your life on a bike: Biking can be more than just recreation and fitness. Ferry your kids, shop and make it a bigger part of your life! Take a ride on bike simulator at the Eco Experience. Brought to you by the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation and the MPCA.



Nature adventure play yard: 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, and adventure play construction zone using recycled and natural materials. Focused on ages 2-12 but fun for all ages. Research is showing us that “Nature Deficit Disorder” in children has negative impacts on health and our environment so come and get ideas that “unplug” your child (and you).

climate change

Minnesota's changing climate: Yes, climate change is impacting us now and in many ways. Knowing what to expect can help us prepare for changes and improve the resiliency of our communities and countryside. We must also continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at  home, work, school, and on the road. Learn more about #MNClimateChange here, and the actions we can take. 

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

Last modified on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:33

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