Learning Resource Center: Display materials

The MPCA offers display materials for use by local units of government, community groups, and educators. These items are available to Minnesota residents for short-term loan (generally, two weeks or less). There is no charge to borrow our display materials. However, borrowers must accept responsibility for displaying items in a secure area and returning them in good condition. The MPCA cannot mail display items, so borrowers must arrange to have the items picked up and returned at our St. Paul office. It is best to reserve displays 4-6 weeks before they are needed.

To reserve available display items, contact MPCA by phone at 651-296-6300 or e-mail at resourcecenter.pca@state.mn.us.


Our freestanding banners are 6 feet tall and 3 or 4 feet wide. They are lightweight and collapse into a portable canvas bag.


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Hands-on displays

Karst and water pollution education kit

MPCA's karst education kitThis education kit is intended for loan. Combine the resources in the kit with the Karst and water pollution lesson plans for middle school students.

Reserve the kit

Email resourcecenter.pca@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6300 to arrange for pick up at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency office in Rochester.

What's inside

Hands-on display

  • Karst and water pollution table sign
  • 3D Plexiglas model
  • Rain-moving-through-bedrock model
  • Limestone rock sample

DVD: Decoding the Driftless (read more about this video at SustainableDriftless.org)


  • Minnesota Rocks and Minerals by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch
  • The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper
  • The Rock Factory by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly
  • The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer


Clean Water Land and Legacy AmendmentFunding for this project was provided from the Clean Water Fund to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater and drinking water from degradation.



Enviroscape groundwater model

Watershed pollution comes from many sources. This model shows how the combined pollution from many small sources can affect the quality of lakes and streams.

Activity display - Six pounds of trash

The average Minnesotan generates 6 pounds of trash per day, including home and work trash and waste from products purchased. See and feel six pounds of real trash to visualize how this impacts our planet.

Packing waste kit

Compare the amount of waste packaging and price per ounce of product with different packaging styles.

nontoxic cleaning products kit

Basic ingredients can be used to make inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning products at home. (Containers are empty.)

Recycled products kit

See some of the many products that can be made from recycled content! This kit includes intermediate materials such as shredded sneakers as a talking point for discussion of the recycling process. Contents will vary.

Leaky toilets cause more water waste than any other fixture in the home. Even a slow toilet leak, which is often silent, will waste from 30 to 500 gallons of water per day. This tabletop display shows how to check for leaks between the tank and the bowl, and what to look for.

Toilet showing how leaks happen in toilets