Minnesota State Fair Booth

The “Ask a Tree Care Advisor” booth in the Eco Experience Building at the Minnesota State Fair has been staff by Tree Care Advisor volunteers since 2013. The “Ask a Tree Care Advisor” booth was originally a one-time addition to the Climate Change area, but an invitation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)  was extended to return and has since become a permanent fixture. The public can ask tree and shrub related questions at the booth during all 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair. Additionally, in 2022 visitors can once again participate in the building-wide Bingo game by answering a question at the booth!

Position Descriptions

Tree Care Advisors

Tree Care Advisor volunteers will be asked to answer questions that the public has and provide resources and materials that can help Minnesota residents care for their trees.

Be Prepared To:

  • Answer questions regarding tree identification, selection, disease and insect identification, proper planting practices, and young tree care
  • Give out research-based information only
  • Direct fair-goers around the exhibit area toward posters, samples, handouts, etc. that may help answer questions
  • Interact with both adults and children
  • Ask questions and spend time with the visitors to make sure their needs are met
  • Track questions & topics through a written binder method and clicker counters

Shift Details:

  • Shifts: 4 hour shifts (9:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and 5:00pm to 9:00pm)
  • Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to shift beginning to facilitate an easier transition, to get acquainted with the exhibit area, and feel more prepared for your shift
  • Entry: 1 complimentary ticket per shift that you sign up for (mailed in advance)
  • Transportation: Volunteers are responsible for making their way to the booth on their own. Park nearby, use public transportation, etc. Parking will not be provided.

Only Tree Care Advisors may sign up for these shifts.


Volunteering Details

Dates: State Fair Dates

Shift Times: 9:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm & 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Shift Availability: Each shift will have 2 volunteers seats available. You are welcome to sign-up for as many or as few shifts as you would like.

Location: Eco Experience Building at the Minnesota State Fair

Perks: Volunteers will receive one free admission ticket for each shift they sign up for.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Prior to the State Fair, all volunteers must either attend an online orientation OR they must read through the Orientation Guide provided by Sonja Tosteson
  • All volunteers will receive one of our our green, Tree Care Advocate shirts.
  • Volunteers must be able to get themselves to and from the Eco Experience building either by driving, using public transportation, etc. Details will be provided closer to the fair

Questions: Please e-mail Sonja Tosteson at [email protected] if you have any outstanding questions about positions, times, etc.

How to Sign Up

Check back in spring/early summer 2023.