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The Park Rapids Area Century School in Minnesota knows the importance of saving energy, producing clean, renewable energy, educating the community and raising the next generation of young leaders — grades K–8, specifically. In 2007, the school...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm
At the Midtown Global Market 
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

$1 Donation/person accepted at the door.

Find out more about the Green Gifts Fair.

Recent Blog Posts

Narraguagus River Habitat for Atlantic Salmon

Polyethylene Microbeads

September 22, 2014

Just last week, a number of news outlets carried stories about toothpastes that contain tiny pieces of plastic, called polyethylene microbeads.  These microbeads are found in a wide variety of toothpastes, including some of the very popular brand Crest.  Dentists and dental hygienists began seeing more and more patients with tiny bits of plastic embedded in their gums, since the beads don’t break down or degrade in any way.  Happily, some brands, including Crest, have pledged to phase out the polyethylene beads.

photo of a gray wolf

The Endangered Species Act

September 8, 2014

Recently, a petition was sent to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), asking that the monarch butterfly be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  As a scientist studying monarch conservation, I followed the news surrounding this petition closely.  I was concerned by how much confusion, misconception, and incorrect information emerged in discussions about the petition.  Unfortunately, this was also the case recently when the gray wolf was considered for delisting.  Since the ESA is the most powerful piece of environmental law in our country, I thought I would take a chance to provide a brief explanation of the act and the process of listing a species under the act.

The purpose of the ESA is to protect threatened and endangered species and to conserve the ecosystems and habitat that support them.  Endangered species are ones that are in danger of becoming extinct across all or a significant portion of their range.  Threatened species are ones that are in danger of becoming endangered soon.

food and display items at the fair

Have fun at the fair (and learn something too)!

August 25, 2014

As the summer draws to an end, many here in Minnesota will be making a trip to the State Fair, and many others will have already attended a county fair.  County and state fairs offer a wide variety of food, games, and entertainment, but they’re also a wonderful learning environment.  They provide visitors with the chance to meet new people, explore exhibits, and get information on a whole host of topics.  Whether you’re at the State Fair, a local fair, or even visiting a fair out of state, keep your eyes open for some of these great opportunities:


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