IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
Please check back in the spring for information on the 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together.

2014 ECO EXPERIENCE

This one-of-a-kind educational exhibit is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The information and activities are supported by dozens of local organizations. If you are looking for the products and organizations you saw at the Eco Experience, visit www.EcoExperience.org.

The Sustainability Stage, located inside the building, includes shows and demos every hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For the full schedule, search the Fun Finder.

New Highlights for 2014

An array of new exhibits highlight innovations in green technology, the latest in environmentally focused living, and easy, everyday conservation how-to's.

  • The world's largest wad of paper: Every year Minnesotans throw away a BILLION pounds of paper that could be recycled. Check out a very visual 10 foot wad of paper and love seat made of paper for your fair photo opportunities.
  • Minnesota's changing climate exhibit: Climate Change is impacting Minnesotans NOW and in many ways knowing what to expect can help us prepare for changes and improve the resiliency of our communities. The exhibit also explains how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, school and on the road.
  • Nature adventure play yard: Research is showing us that Nature Deficit Disorder in children has negative impacts on health and our environment. Visit this play area to get ideas for your own yard that unplug your child (and you). Our ready-to-play nature area is designed by Fireflies Play Environments, Inc. and Aloha Landscaping. Come play with us!
  • High-performance construction methods for new homes: Are you building or buying a new home? Check out this huge new exhibit about new construction that outlines four different approaches to high-performance building. These approaches create homes that are more comfortable, have lower maintenance and insurance costs, will last for generations, use less energy, water and construction materials, have better indoor air quality and can have ZERO annual energy costs. You'll also see beautiful eco-friendly finishes and many Minnesota-made products. Our new construction home is packed with experts and lead by the University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research, the University of Minnesota's Cold Climate Housing Program, Minnesota Department of Commerce and many partners.
  • Pollinators in the garden: While flying from flower to flower, pollinators help 70% of the plants around the world reproduce. Without pollinators, many fruits and vegetables would not be available. Field Outdoor Spaces has designed a garden space in front of the Eco Experienc with straw bale gardens, urban gardens and beehives (no real bees in the hive). Relax and be inspired to create your own garden to support pollinators, no matter where you live.
  • Healthy fish choices: Learn about how mercury gets into fish, what the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is doing to reduce mercury emissions and how to make healthy fish choices for your family. Also learn about different species of fish and how they compare in mercury level. Kids can put on a puppet show and tell their favorite fish stories.

Visit www.EcoExperience.org for more highlights and a full list of exhibitors.

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; Located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue.

SCHEDULE:

For a complete Sustainability Stage schedule, search the Fun Finder or download a daily schedule here. Daily schedules are also available at State Fair Info Booths located around the fairgrounds.