2017 Minnesota Eco Events

The above event logos are samples of fundraising events (Green Tie Affair), Earth Day events (March for Science), Green product and services events (Environmental Initiative Awards) and legislative action events (Water Action Day).

Please note: Some events listed below require preregistration. Some charge fees. Be sure to check website links for additional information. AND be sure to check out all our great organizations at our Minnesota Eco Organizational Directory.


Climate Change in the Age of Alternative Facts

Monday, June 26, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium


On Monday, June 26 – the first day of our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education – we’re co-hosting a free public forum with the U of M Institute on the Environment and the Humphrey School’s Center for Science, Technology & Environmental Policy:

Climate Change in the Age of Alternative Facts
The forum will center on current climate change misinformation and how scientists are countering that, featuring leading voices from the intersection of climate science and communication. Dr. Ben Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has appeared on numerous late-night TV shows to elevate climate science in the public sphere, and Dr. Jessica Hellmann of the Institute on the Environment has spent years working to integrate environmental research across disciplines and sectors of society. Former legislator and senior Humphrey fellow Steve Kelley will moderate the discussion.

Before the forum, we invite you to attend a reception with our Summer Institute educators, generously hosted by Board Member Joann Knuth. The reception will take place from 6–7 pm in the atrium of the Cowles auditorium.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.


Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Monday, June 26 @ 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 28 @ 5:00 pm

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience on climate science and climate change solutions
  • Engage with hands on activities that help bring climate change concepts into the classroom
  • Learn about how Climate Generation curriculum supports language arts, social studies, and science standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards

June 29 Field Trip Opportunity! On Thursday we will take all we have learned and apply it on an all day field trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. We will spend the day in the field interacting with scientists doing unique climate change research projects and doing some hands on learning and teaching. This is not to be missed!

Registration: $150 (includes breakfast and lunch each day!)
Field Trip Opportunity to Cedar Creek: $35
22 Clock Hours
2 Graduate Credits optional (fee)
Download graduate registration form (PDF 25KB)
Lodging Available (fee)

Register Now


MN350 Welcome Event

Wednesday, July 12, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Newell Park, St. Paul, MN  55104

Come share food and learn about MN350's teams, campaigns and how to get involved!


Big River Farms: Co-op Farm Tour & Open House

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Food Association, 14220-B Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN  55047

Join us at the farm for kids' activities, food, music, games, wagon rides, and more! We will be participating in the annual Co-op Farm Tour (formerly Eat Local Farm Tour) again this year. Download the Co-op Farm Tour Guide now to plan your day!

More about the Co-op Farm Tour on Facebook.


Sustainability Action! Welcome Week Event

Friday, September 1, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute on the Environment (IonE) in Learning and Environmental Sciences (LES) building, 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul

The annual Sustainability Action! Welcome Week open house occurs at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on Friday, September 1. More than 2,500 incoming freshmen students attend this event. Departments, student and community groups promote their organization to engage new students and sign them up for projects and activities.

The open house is fun, engaging and informational all at the same time. Some examples of previous booths include games, interactive activities and displays of promotional materials. Sustainability Action! is also a great day to network with student, staff and community sustainability leaders who volunteer each year.

Learn more here

For more information on how to get your group involved or to volunteer, please contact Kimberly Long, Events Coordinator at longx296@umn.edu.


The Energy Fair

Friday, September 8, 2017, 12pm – Sunday, September 10, 2017, 5pm,  200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107

Celebrate clean energy and sustainable living in St. Paul! Admission to workshops and exhibits is FREE and open to the public! All Access Passes include featured speakers, entertainment, and solar professional workshops. Discounted Passes on sale April 1 - July 24. Organized by The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair started out in Central Wisconsin and is coming to Minnesota for the first time, to build community resilience, energy democracy, and bring foks together to Learn. Connect. and Empower eachother to build a sustainable future! The Energy Fair is open to the public! Friday, September 8th is a pre-Fair Solar Professional Day.

Learn more about The Energy Fair


PolliNATION Festival

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Kissing Birch Farm

Tickets on sale soon.

Learn more here.


Minnesota Salsa Fest

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Todd County Fairgrounds, 215 1st Ave. SE, Long Prairie

Come celebrate all things related to salsa and enjoy local farm vendors, workshops, music, food, and a salsa contest. 

Cost is $5/person.

Learn more about Minnesota Salsa Fest

If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, or for more information, contact central@sfa-mn.org.


an evening celebrating the mississippi river

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion, Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul

Join us to celebrate the Mississippi in the midst of its fall splendor. From our beautiful venue on the river, we'll toast to you and the recent successes you made possible. Funds raised through this event conserve the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.

Learn more about the celebration, purchase tickets or sponsorship here.


Online Event




Earth Day will be the Minnesota Election Day for the Environment. It is a test of a new democratic tool — common internet voting that culminates for the first time on ONE day, an online issues “election day.” It will demonstrate the strength of ALL our numbers on Earth Day — the day that once again will show the force of protest.

Learn more

Vote here