What do local assets, tree planting and photos from Minnesotans have in common? Find out at Eco Experience

Contact: Pam McCurdy, 651-757-2559

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota’s climate is changing. At this year’s Eco Experience  find out how Minnesotans are adapting to the changing climate and what they are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure climate change remains manageable in the future.

Check out photos from Minnesotans

Make sure to stop by our Minnesota’s Changing Climate exhibit to see first-hand, a glance at the effects climate change is having on areas around the state. On display will be photos submitted by Minnesotans that demonstrate the impacts observed around the state.

Plant a Tree

While there, learn how to plant a seedling! Tree Care Advisors will be in the building daily, from noon to 4 p.m., to demonstrate how to properly plant and care for trees as well as answer any of your tree related questions. Proper-cared-for trees have many environmental benefits – absorbing air pollution, slowing rain to storm drains, lowering home energy costs – just to name a few.

Discover more benefits of trees at our interactive exhibit that allows visitors to pour rain through clouds to see the value of trees in reducing stormwater runoff compared to runoff in a vacant parking lot that flows directly to a storm sewer. Get ideas for actions to take to reduce runoff and flooding from the now normal heavy precipitation events.

What’s a local asset?

An activity titled “Your Resilient Community” will help fairgoers of all ages learn about the local assets, such as tree-lined streets, extreme heat, and secure healthy foods, which can help their communities, withstand and adapt to the changing climate.

Tell us what you think

Children can drive toy cars and trucks on busy streets to learn about the health risks associated with busy roads while adults join in and take an electronic, two-question Climate Poll. Tell us what changes you’re noticing and what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint.

About the Eco Experience: A partnership between the Minnesota 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. The Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades. In 2013 the Eco Experience won the People’s Choice Award voted on by the fair goers at the Minnesota State Fair.

Since 2006, more than 3 million visitors have attended the 25,000-square-foot exhibit 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.

All schedules, story ideas and press releases will be posted on the www.ecoexperience.org website under media tab or email questions to Pamela.McCurdy@state.mn.us phone 651-757-2559.