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2016 DNR at the Fair Day-by-Day HighlightsFull 2016 Iowa DNR Courtyard Schedule
Located at the west end of the State Fair Grand Concourse, the DNR’s historic aquarium, pavilion and courtyard is a must-see for thousands of fair-goers each year.
Built in 1921, the wrap-around aquarium is the focal point of the pavilion, filled with Iowa fish of all shapes, sizes and species. Throughout the building, park rangers, conservation officers, environmental specialists, biologists, foresters and other staffers are on hand to field visitors’ questions. And, licenses and Iowa Outdoors magazine subscriptions are on sale just inside the main gate of the pavilion.
Through the west pavilion gates, created with metal trash collected during Iowa’s annual Project AWARE river clean-up, is the courtyard. Here, a pond with waterfowl and turtles, a prairie, a kids nature playscape, a stream, a water bottle filling station, picnic tables, benches and plenty of shade all form a relaxing oasis for hot, weary fair-goers.
The mobile education exhibits along the north courtyard fence helps visitors learn how to make simple, everyday changes to help protect and improve the environment.
Three to five presentations are made daily on the courtyard stage including cooking demonstrations and live animal talks. For a list of courtyard theme days and daily stage presentations download the 2016 Iowa DNR Courtyard Schedule.
The DNR’s pavilion and aquarium are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, throughout the fair.
“Gotta Do, Gotta See” checklist for the DNR 2016 State Fair Exhibit: