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2024 Environmental Fair

Lyon County Fairgrounds
Marshall, MN

September 24th & 25th, 2024

About the Environmental Fair

The goal of the Environmental Fair is to let students study natural resources in a setting that will give them the opportunity to see, touch and sometimes taste what they are learning about. It is designed to encompass multiple aspects of environmental education, and be available to a large number of students.

By collaborating and combining the resources of eleven SWCDs, this award-winning event provides a well-rounded, interactive small group learning experience mixed with large group “professional” presentations. This partnership provides quality environmental education to rural schools of southwestern Minnesota.

Presentations & Topics

The Environmental Fair provides a unique, interactive learning experience for students to understand the importance of our resources and realize that what people do affects all aspects of the environment.

Students participate in sessions including hands-on activities or demonstrations on a variety of topics including trees, soil, water quality, wetlands, recycling, household hazardous waste, native prairie, watersheds, and creatures that share our environment.

Educators from the Science Museum of Minnesota, Great Plains Zoo, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Counties, Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Conservation Service are among the presenters.

History of the Fair

The first Environmental Fair was held in September 1992 at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Marshall. The one-day event was attended by 1,280 students from a 14-county area. Over the years, the Fair has grown into a two-day event, with attendance as high as 2,700 students.

In 2019 the Fair was held at The Shetek Environmental Learning Center on the shores of Lake Shetek. In 2020-2022 COVID-19 made for some difficult planning and was unfortunately missed. We returned to the Lyon County Fairgrounds for 2023. We look forward to hosting again in 2024!

Attendance History
20231,636 students
2020-2022No Fair Held
20191,497 students
20181,450 students
20171,900 students
2016983 students
20151,932 students
20141,144 students
20132,045 students
20121,163 students
20111,834 students
20101,000 students
20091,717 students
20081,345 students
20072,096 students
2006900 students
20052,250 students
20041,600 students
20032,100 students
20021,200 students
20012,310 students
20001,930 students
19992,500 students
19981,260 students
19972,700 students
19961,900 students
19952,000 students
19941,720 students
19931,440 students
19921,280 students

It's FREE!

The Environmental Fair is offered to area schools AT NO CHARGE.
Support from the participating soil and water districts, partnering agencies, as well as local businesses and organizations in the eleven county area make this event possible.

The Environmental Fair is hosted by the following Soil & Water Conservation Districts:

For questions on attending this year's Fair, click HERE to email us or contact your local SWCD using the links above.