Your trip to the State Fair isn’t complete until you’ve visited the Eco Experience, a partnership between the State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. The Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair, and is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades.
This year’s exciting and interactive Eco Experience will provide a wealth of information, demonstrations, and learning opportunities for people of all ages, including these themes:
Air: Most of Minnesota’s air pollution comes from smaller, widespread sources in our neighborhoods like our vehicles, local businesses, heating and cooling, and yard and recreational equipment. We all need to take action to reduce our individual contributions to air pollution. Check out:
- Kick gas safety town
- Busy roads and air quality
- Air quality forecasting live
Water: Governor Dayton declared this the Year of Water Action. We are working to remind Minnesotans how far we have come from our early days, as well as highlight our unique relationships to water. Check out:
- We Are Water MN
- Works progress water bar
- Planting for clean water
- I am a water steward
Climate: Minnesota’s changing climate requires us all to take actions to help the state adapt and become more resilient. Check out:
- Climate bingo
- Climate chaser
- Ready and resilient
Reduce/reuse/recycle: Living sustainably helps Minnesota’s environment, can reduce costs, and anyone can learn how to make old things new again. Check out:
- Recycle your old cell phone
- Repair for reuse
- Organic foods and agriculture
Since 2006, more than 3.2 million visitors have visited the 25,000-square-foot exhibit building to learn more about clean air and water, saving energy, climate change, recycling, healthy local food, gardening, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives.
More information on exhibits, partners, demonstration schedules, and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Eco Experience website.