DNR at the State Fair

man fly fishing by stream

Check back this summer for 2018 State Fair updates.

2017 Highlights

Wonderful Water

Visitors explored the many ways water and Minnesota’s natural resources are important to us, featuring interactive nature and outdoor exhibits, live animals and a variety of music and entertainment – all free!

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Things to do at the State Fair DNR Park:

  • buy a hunting or fishing license
  • visit a camper cabin
  • climb a fire tower
  • try out a paddleboard
  • visit an outdoor fish pond
  • buy moose stuff
  • ask DNR staff questions
  • learn about ATVs, fishing, hunting, wildlife, invasive species, outdoor recreation, plants or habitats
  • listen to music
  • watch a nature presentation
  • bring home helpful free things

Make new memories in 2018 - we look forward to your visit!


giant boot

New in 2017

Visitors took photos in a giant hiking boot and learned how trees clean water in the forestry wing. They checked out fossils in the theater, climbed boulders outside on the west lawn and made water connections throughout.

outdoor stage band

2017 events

Visitors enjoyed a variety of foot tapping bands and engaging presentations on our three stages.

fish pond

Fish Cam

People also got to see an underwater view of over 40 species of fish in our outdoor pond, live via webcam .