Eco Experience will be back at the 2022 State Fair: Aug. 25 - Sept. 5

Minnesota is home to 12,000 lakes and one of the world’s largest lakes—Lake Superior. Climate change and human activity change water. Luckily, there is so much we can do to protect and ensure clean water for years to come. From climate action to septic systems and water softeners, you’ll discover the many ways your life is connected to water and what you can do to protect it.


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office

What you can see and do

The "Our water footprint" exhibit at the Eco ExperienceFind out your water footprint and learn simple ways for you to save water in your daily life.

Measure water clarity with a Secchi disk just like lake monitoring volunteers use and enter a drawing to win a kayak, paddle, and life vest.

Learn about your water softener and how it’s changing Minnesota’s water quality.

Climate change in Minnesota is not in the distant future—it’s happening now. Pick up and scan objects to learn more about the impact that climate change is having on our state.

Climate-resilient communities. Explore things you and your community can do to become more resilient!

Septic systems are relied on by many Minnesotans at their homes and cabins. Learn how staying on top of your maintenance is good for water quality and climate change preparedness.

Fix that leak. Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day—and toilets are the number-one source! This exhibit explains how to find and fix toilet and other household leaks.

Learn about Karst, the landscape of southeast Minnesota, and how pollutants from the surface can easily reach groundwater used for drinking.

Ice is nice.