Gardens and green camping galore: Don’t miss what’s right in front of Eco Experience

St. Paul, Minn. — Have your first stop at the fair this year be Eco Experience and its beautiful front yard. Discover how the exhibits that adorn the building can put a little green in your life.

Gardens: Planting for clean water… and pollinators. Does your yard provide fringe benefits? Learn more about plants and view our beautiful gardens and displays, right in front of Eco Experience! The plants we include in our lawns and landscapes can make all the difference. Native plants not only provide more nutritious food and habitat for pollinators, but also absorb stormwater which helps reduce lake pollution and recharge groundwater keep our water clean! Blue Thumb has designed our space this year with an array of native plants that create a relaxing area to gather with friends. Be inspired and ask questions to create your own garden with native plants.

Eco-camping with the Vistabule. This #MinnesotaMade mini-camper takes you back to the wilderness with a small carbon footprint. It allows extended off-the-grid camping by using a solar-charged battery and small LP tanks for lights and cooking. It’s lightweight so one person can easily manipulate the unhitched camper into campsites. A small car can trailer this teardrop camper making it an Eco-friendly outdoor opportunity.

Each day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., make sure to stop by to watch a Vistabule Teardrop Trailer owner demonstrate all the great features that make this camper eco-friendly and easy to manage.

Tiny Solar House. Tiny Solar House is one you will not want to miss. This house is a demo of structurally insulated panels, four different types of solar, and a solar boat from the solar regatta. It even manages to fit in a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, reading nook and storage space. While there, make sure to enter for a chance to win two free nights in the #TinyHouse — it’s like a mini vacation, literally!

Nature Adventure Play Area. Bring back the “wild in the child.” Imagination is the key ingredient of Nature Adventure Play. Explore this free area in front of the Eco Experience building, a play yard loaded with a large sand and water area, tepee, Fairy Garden, an adventure construction zone to make things with recycled materials, music wall and a campsite seating area for parents to take a rest while the kids play. There are many ideas for your own backyard that are very easy and inexpensive. Join the kid’s party in front of our building and unplug.

After you explore the Nature Adventure Play Area, step into Eco Experience to find more free activities for kids and adults.