2022 DNR State Truthful theme connecting individuals to the outside | Information


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources building and surrounding grounds at the Minnesota State Fair (held August 25-September 5) will feature new musicians, presentations and activities in addition to the popular attractions of previous years.

Activities and entertainment will align with DNR’s 2022 theme of ‘Connecting People to the Outdoors’.

“We are very excited to reconnect with Minnesotans at the State Fair to promote getting outside and enjoying all of our state’s amazing natural resources,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or considering your first visit to Minnesota’s public areas, you can find the DNR at the fair to celebrate and learn more about the great outdoors in Minnesota.”

DNR’s iconic log home opened 88 years ago in 1934 and its park-like location offers fair-goers a unique opportunity to experience nature among the state fair’s rides and food vendors.

Activities that visitors can enjoy in the DNR building and surrounding grounds include:

Visit an outdoor fish pond and listen to a talk about Minnesota fish

Ask questions to DNR staff

Find out about outdoor recreational opportunities

Enjoy music or a presentation on an open-air stage

Taking pictures in front of huge butterfly wings

what’s new

Minnesota Mammal Mix-Up: August 25 at 1 p.m., DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

A Minnesota State Parks naturalist will host this interactive program that allows visitors to compare furs, skulls and other animal parts to learn more about the mammals in Minnesota State Parks.

Firewise Best Practices: August 26 at 1:00 p.m., DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

Firewise specialist Jeffery Jackson will teach visitors how to protect their homes and properties from wildfires.

Grace Dunavan: August 29 at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 7pm, DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

Grace Dunavan and her band, the Gracenotes, will perform contemporary jazz and soft rock.

Land O’Dixie Rented Mules Band: August 30 at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 7pm, DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

The Land O’Dixie Rented Mules Band will perform traditional jazz and some pop music.

Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship: August 30 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

DNR Fish and Wildlife staff share tips and techniques on outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship, including fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation.

Church Basement Ladies: September 1 at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 7pm, DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

The Church Basement Ladies will be performing the musical “Plowin’ Thru.” The show navigates cultural shifts in America in 1975 from the basement of a rural Lutheran church in northern Minnesota.

The DNR State Fair Building and surrounding grounds are located on the corner of Carnes Ave. and Nelson St. in Falcon Heights. The main building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the fair.

For more information and a full schedule of DNR attractions and activities at the show, visit the DNR website (mndnr.gov/StateFair).