Mini Eco Experience coming from the State Fair to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8101

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.

“Climate change is impacting Minnesotans now, and in many ways,” says Britt Gangeness with the MPCA. “Knowing what to expect can help us prepare for changes and improve the resiliency of our communities and countryside.” She said those attending will be able to:

  • Identify ways to save energy at your home
  • Explore solar technology for heating, electricity and hot water
  • Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
  • Read about people across Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
  • Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table

During the special opening day reception on Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance and Otter Tail Power Company.

The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Museum admission is $7 for adults (12 and up), $6 for seniors (65 or older) and military (with ID), $5 for children ages 2-11, and free for children under 2. For location and museum hours visit the Headwaters Science Center's website. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit the MPCA's What We Can Do webpage.