One of the very popular stops at the Minnesota State Fair is the Department of Natural Resourses exhibit. This year their theme is “Public lands, owned by you, managed by DNR.”
“We know Minnesotans truly value public lands for recreation, conservation and their economic benefits,” said Dawn Flinn, who helps coordinate the DNR exhibits.
“Minnesotans are passionate about the state’s natural resources. Our exhibit is great way for us to spread the word about how interesting, important and exciting it is to experience nature on public lands near you.”
The instantly recognizable DNR log building opened in 1934. It provides a park-like setting and a chance for fair visitors to engage the outdoors right in the middle of food stands and carnival rides.
Inside are displays about forestry, wildlife, public lands and more. Other features include:
⦁ Photo opportunities from the giant hiking boot in the forestry exhibit.
⦁ The DNR fire tower; visitors can climb its 84 steps.
⦁ Presentations and musicians on the DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage and Garden Stage.
•The outdoor fish pond with about three dozen fish species.
During the State Fair run, you can see the fish doing laps on the DNR’s live webcam.
A new DNR offering this year is the Legacy Amendment Display. It features a 17-foot instagramable waterfall and a children’s play area.
The DNR is also helping Smokey Bear celebrate his 75th birthday. His big party is this Friday, August 23rd at 11:am on the DNR stage, and there will be a Smokey Bear puppet show on Friday at 1 and 3:pm. Smokey also makes daily appearances at DNR Park at 11:am and 1:pm.
For a complete run down of events including appearances by the DNR commissioner and the Governor and Lt. Governor, click mndnr.gov/events/statefair/schedules.html.