DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage Focus: Military Appreciation Day

DNR State Fair trivia: DNR's historic log building at State Fair opened on Sept. 1, 1934 and is 40-feet high.

The Raptor Center

Owls, falcons, hawks, and eagles, oh my. The Raptor Center is a world-renowned wildlife rehabilitation and education facility. Get a beak to nose experience with some of our educational ambassadors. These birds can’t be released back into the wild but they have a new job---teaching about their role in the environment and how we can all help them.  Our educational programs are packed with information that is both educational and entertaining. This is a wonderful sneak peek at programs at our site on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus or at your location.                    

When:              11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.           

Where:            DNR Garden Stage (West side of DNR building).

State park camper cabin

State park camper cabin is on display to tour. Theses cabins were built to provide a “camping out” experience within the comfort of four walls. There are more than 90 camper cabins available to rent in state parks and recreational areas around the state. Many of the cabins include electricity, and some are wheelchair accessible. Cabins have two sets of bunks sleeping up to six people. Also includes a picnic table and fire ring with grill. They can be reserved, year-round at many locations.

When:              9 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily.             

Where:            Southwest side of DNR building.

Climb DNR fire tower

Located next to the fire prevention building, the DNR fire tower is open to the public. The 65-foot State Fair fire tower was constructed in 1966. It was specifically built for the Fair to provide a wildfire prevention message to visitors. Although this tower was never used for actual fire detection, there were at one time more than 100 active fire towers in Minnesota that were the primary tool used for fire detection. Today, aircraft detection and citizen reports have replaced the need for all but a few of the fire towers that were once used. Climb the 84 steps to the top to get bird’s eye view of the fair. Fire tower is on National Historic Lookout Register and is 10th best lookout in Minnesota.

When:              9 a.m. - 7 p.m., daily, weather permitting.

Where:            Near northwest corner of main DNR State Fair building.

Smokey Bear

Shake his hand and have photo taken with Smokey Bear as he reminds everyone that “Only you can prevent wildfires.”           

When:              11 a.m., 1 p.m.            

Where:            DNR Park.

Music – Blue Moon Drive Band

NEW - Live music with a honky tonk attitude. A five-piece band with great sound. Awesome vocals and one of the best steel guitar players around doubling on guitar. A show people can dance too.           

When:              10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.           

Where:            DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage.

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