DNR at the State Fair


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fish pond

Fish pond 50th anniversary

For half a century, visitors have enjoyed watching over 40 species of Minnesota fish swim around in the fish pond. You can get an underwater view of the fish via a live webcam every day during the fair.

2021 theme is connect people to the outdoors

Learn all about ways you can get outdoors and visit state parks, state forests and more. Plus, we will have interactive nature and outdoor exhibits, live animals and a variety of music and entertainment – all free! Check out our list of all scheduled events (details coming soon) and the 2021 stage schedule for our main stage.

Here are some of the fun things to do at the State Fair DNR Park:

  • visit an outdoor fish pond
  • ask DNR staff questions
  • learn about outdoor recreation opportunities
  • listen to a fish pond talk
    • Morning pond talks: 9:45, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon pond talks: 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 and 3:45 p.m.
    • Check out our on demand fish pond talk
  • listen to live music
  • listen to an educational talk (also streamed on live Facebook)
  • watch a bird show or nature presentation

Facebook live stream sessions

Here are education sessions that we will live stream from our outdoor stage. You can watch the sessions on the Minnesota DNR Facebook page.

Fish Pond Talk
Aug. 25  | 10 a.m.

Experts will share information on fish being stocked in the DNR fish pond. Learn about fish that are native to Minnesota. Watch the live stream.

Prairie Pod Special Episode
Aug. 27 | 1 p.m

Learn about the benefits of prairie in Minnesota - for wildlife and YOU. Prairie Pod hosts Megan and Mike will wow you with prairie facts during a live recording of their podcast. Watch the live stream.

Land Survey Tools Demo
Aug. 30  | 1 p.m

Learn about land surveying and see a mapping equipment demonstration. Plus, we’ll share details on the origin and history of land surveying, the purpose of the profession, and some interesting lessons from the past. Watch the live stream.

Tree Talk
Aug. 31 | 1 p.m

Ask DNR experts about how to plant and take care of your trees. Plus, get tips on how to reduce the risk of wildfire near your home. Watch the live stream.

Raptor Show
Sept. 1 | 1 p.m.

Raptors have existed in some form for 50 to 75 million years. John from the Raptor Center will show & tell you all about these birds of prey. Watch the live stream.

Climatology and Weather Talk
Sept. 2 | 11 a.m.

Get the latest climate trends and data from our state climatology office experts. Plus, they will share details on impacts of climate change in Minnesota. Watch the live stream.

Ask the Bug Nerds
Sept. 3 | 11 a.m.

Our Bug Nerds, Val and Angie, will be answering your tree bug questions LIVE on Facebook. Watch the live stream.