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Visit DNR at state fair

Aug 09, 2017

DES MOINES — The 2017 Iowa State Fair kicks off Thursday; be sure to stop by the DNR building.

During the 11 days of the Iowa State Fair, count on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to have a fun-filled, family-friendly, educational and entertaining packed daily schedule for all fairgoers to enjoy.

Inside the DNR building, DNR experts will be on hand daily to answer any questions related to Iowa’s natural resources. Take time to browse around the many exhibits within the DNR, including the Hike, Bike and Paddle zone, Watch and Learn zone, Stay and Play zone, In Your Home zone and meet DNR law enforcement officers. Take a peek at the live fish and reptiles in the aquariums, and get a close-up look at the mounted wildlife that are native to Iowa. You can even buy or renew a one-year subscription to the DNR’s Iowa Outdoors magazine for $15 and receive a free T-shirt or renew or purchase your hunting tags or fishing licenses.

The DNR courtyard contains a nice shady area with many benches and picnic tables for families to enjoy overlooking a pond with live ducks. The courtyard stage will have several educational and interactive presentations daily. Some highlights of the courtyard presentations include:

• From the farmers market to the Dutch oven (Thursday)

• Paddling Iowa: places to go and safety tips (Thursday)

• Selecting the right trees to plant in your yard (Friday)

• Fishing technology, cooking and cleaning fish (Saturday)

• Fishing technology: using the DNR’s website to track fish (Saturday)

• Live animals: Trumpeter swans, reptiles and amphibians of Iowa (Sunday and Aug. 18)

• Healing through hunting: Wounded Warrior Hunts (Monday)

• Training your new hunting dog (Monday)

• Tree diseases and insects (Tuesday)

• Every drop counts: from the ground to the tap (Tuesday)

• Managing your farm pond and woodland resources (Tuesday)

• Celebration of Boy Scouts projects in natural resources (Aug. 16)

• Volunteer opportunities in the outdoors (Aug. 16)

• When junk becomes art (Aug. 19)

• Bringing technology outdoors (Aug. 20)

Find a full schedule at www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Social-Media-Press-Room/Iowa-DNR-at-the-State-Fair.

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