Celebrate outdoor traditions at DNR
exhibit at 2014 Minnesota State Fair

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A wide range of free educational exhibits, presentations, including several new activities and displays, along with music and entertainment, will be part of the DNR's popular exhibit at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 21-Sept. 1.

Featured topics include state parks, ATVs, fishing, hunting, birds, bees, DNR K-9 unit, campfires, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, forestry, lands and minerals, moose, boat and water safety, laser fire extinguishing, prairies, biking and wildlife.

Historic DNR building

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the DNR's historic State Fair building. The log structure is the centerpiece of the DNR's exhibit and also serves as a landmark, a meeting place and a must-visit educational and entertainment destination, where generations of fairgoers have created life-long memories.

Displays inside the building cover a wide range of natural resource topics including fish, watersheds, aquatic invasive species, rocks and minerals, state lands, forests, trails and parks.

Historic photos of DNR building


DNR fish aquariums

The indoor fish exhibit underwent a major renovation in 2013 and now features five large aquariums inside the main DNR building. Each tank shows fish in their native Minnesota habitat: trout of southeastern Minnesota; fish of the St. Croix River; and species of central, southern and northern Minnesota lakes. The aquariums are built lower to the ground, making it easier for more guests to see the fish, turtles and other species.


DNR outdoor fish pond

The outdoor fish pond, located on the south side of the DNR building, is stocked with approximately 45 different species of fish ranging from sunfish to paddlefish, walleye to bass.

Fish pond video

Photos of fish

Live Fish Cam

We look forward to seeing you at this year's fair!


Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

See schedules for the Volunteer Outdoor Stage and the Garden Stage.

Find the DNR Building

Find the DNR building

Look for the large historic wood building and fish pond on the corner of Nelson St. and Carnes Ave.

Explore from home - map of exhibit

Explore from home

Click on different areas to see photos of the DNR exhibit.

View photos of trash sculpture

Adopt-a-River Sculpture

View photos of the sculpture - made completely from trash found in Minnesota waterways.

watch fish cam

Live Fish Cam

Watch live video of the fish at the fair - the pond is stocked with about 45 different species of fish that call Minnesota home.


MCV Article about DNR Exhibit | Official Minnesota State Fair Website
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