2015 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 Eco Experience, visit 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.

An array of new exhibits highlight the latest in easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos, healthy cooking, innovations in green technology and transportation, and other compelling topics on environmentally focused living. A sampling:

  • The 25-foot tall plastic tornado "Bagnado" calls attention to the fact that Minnesotans throw away 500 tons of plastic bags and packaging every day - more than 12 pounds every second.
  • The first 800 kids each day who complete the kids activity receive a YOXO toy made in Minnesota from recycled materials.
  • Check out demonstrations of DIY reuse projects and repair techniques – turn T-shirts into grocery bags and milk jugs into light fixtures, wipe data from your computer before donating it, repair your bike, and more.
  • Discover how much water we consume, “hidden” in the products we use – it takes 2,000 gallons to produce a pair of jeans, 660 gallons for a cheeseburger, and 37 gallons for a cup of coffee.
  • What would Minnesota be without wild rice, lefse and pho? Visit “agriCULTURE: From First Peoples to New Immigrants” for daily cooking demonstrations, displays and food samples.
  • See a Minnesota-made eco-friendly alternative to the RV camper that uses a solar-charged battery, LP tanks for lights and cooking, and can be pulled by a small car.
  • Climb into a larger-than-life sink, “flush yourself” down a drain slide, and learn what happens to water when we put chemicals down the drain.

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

SCHEDULE:

For a complete schedule, search the Fun Finder or view a daily schedule. Daily schedules are also available at State Fair Information Booths located around the fairgrounds.