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 2017 youth could participate in the building-wide Bingo game by answering a question at the booth.

Position Descriptions

Tree Care Advisors

General 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 our 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 volunteers 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 and 1:00pm to 5:00pm)
  • 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.

 

Tree Care Advocates for Bingo

General Tree Care Advocate volunteers will be asked to facilitate the Bingo game for the entirety of their shift.

Be Prepared To:

  • Assist Bingo participants by assisting them to spin a wheel and answer questions related to trees
  • Direct fair-goers around the exhibit area toward posters, samples, handouts, etc. that may help answer questions
  • Direct fairgoers with questions to see the Tree Care Advisors at the other side of the exhibit booth
  • Interact with both adults and children
  • Answer basic and very brief questions about planting, watering, and pruning if time allows

Shift Details:

  • Shifts: 4 hour shifts (9:00am to 1:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm)
  • 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.


All Tree Care Advocate volunteers (Tree Care Advisors, Tree Stewards, and Citizen Pruners) may sign up for these shifts.

 

Volunteering Details

Dates: State Fair Dates

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

Shift Availability: Each shift will have 2 Tree Care Advisor seats available and 1 Tree Care Advocate for Bingo seat 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 in-person orientation at the Eco Experience Building (date and time to be announced) OR they must read through the Orientation Guide provided by Gary Johnson & Ashley Reichard
  • All volunteers must wear our green, Tree Care Advocate shirts to be easily identified. If you have purchased a shirt, please bring your own. If you do not have a shirt, we will have some available for day-of-use that must be left at the booth.
  • 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

In-Person Orientation: Date & time to be announced as we approach the fair

Questions: Please e-mail Ashley Reichard at info@mntca.org if you have any outstanding questions about positions, times, etc.

 

How To Sign Up

Sign up is now available for the 2019 State Fair booth!

PDF icon 2019 Eco Experience Volunteer Sign Up Walk-Thru Presentation

 

If you HAVE volunteered at the Eco Experience before, access the Volunteer Information Center Login through this link: 

https://www.volgistics.com/ex2/vicnet.dll?FROM=57409

 

If you HAVE NOT volunteered at the Eco Experience before, please fill out the Eco Experience Staff Form through this link: 

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1636466460

  • Under "I am a..." select Tree Care Advisor and fill out all required information needed.
  • For "Additional Information" under "MPCA Division", please select "I am not a MPCA employee".
  • As Tree Care Advocate volunteers, you will wear your green "Tree Care Advisor" tee shirt during your shift. If you do not have a shirt you will have the ability to borrow a shirt for your shift.
  • Once you have filled out all information and created your account, you can then login and sign up for the desired shift. Please note which shift you sign up for: Tree Care Advisor OR Tree Care Advocate for Bingo.

 

Once you have logged in to your account, you can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you would like.