If you plan summer activities, camps, field trips & tours for youth or adults…


Reserve this date: Monday, January 8, 2018 at Base Camp from 11a-5p.       Click HERE to register.

Meet 100+ experienced vendors representing MN’s BEST summer field trips, tour destinations, activities, programs & performers for all types & ages of groups! 

Come anytime between 11am & 5pm… come on your lunch hour, or for the entire day… just allow enough time for great conversations with these providers!

Besides… it’s FREE to attend!

Last year 150 planners came to our first Summer Resource Fair looking for providers who could help them with more than 3,000 activities and field trips for the summer of 2017. We expect more for 2018…

This event is designed to provide you the opportunity to conveniently meet providers of spring and summer activities, field trips & on-site programs (for all age groups).

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Here’s who will benefit by attending:

– Any who plan & coordinate summer programs, including…
– Park & Recreation Department Staff
– Community Education Directors & Staff
– Library Program Staff
– Daycare Providers
– Summer School Staff
– Schools – Planners of their Spring Field Trips
– Scout Leaders (boy & girl)
– Youth Organizations (scouts, YMCA, YWCA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc)
– Tour Operators, Bank Clubs and Tour Planners for all types and ages of groups
– Senior Center Directors & Staff
– Active Adult & Senior Organizations (retirement, fraternal, social groups, etc)
– Church Groups (all ages), and many more!

Experience suggests that you bring colleagues… with this many providers, there’s a lot of ground to cover!


• Talk IN-PERSON & FACE-TO-FACE before you book.
100+ providers will be exhibiting (See the list below)... offering customizable field trips, day trips, assemblies, performances, classes, camps and programs. They know how to work with – and hold the attention of – groups of all ages, types and sizes of groups – from youth to adult.

 Did you want to attend the 2017 MN Field Trip & Activity EXPO this past August, but couldn’t because you were still busy with your own summer programs? Here’s your chance to meet the providers!

• Expect lots of “NEW” every year!
Just because you know a provider… doesn’t mean you “know” them. They thoughtfully develop new summer activities because they know that planners (like you) want “new” and “fresh” programs, performances and field trips for all age groups… so when you talk to them, always ask “WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?“. Examples: One provider has a new traveling hands-on Archeology Program. Another has added a “Pirates” Program. A theatre group has a new summer performance. And another exhibitor has a new “learn to canoe” program… and on it goes…

• Win free field trips and performances!
When visiting their exhibits, make sure you sign up to win free or deeply discounted  classes, field trips, programs, performances and much more! With this many exhibitors, you’ve got a great chance of winning!

We are NOT a booking agency! Work directly with your performer or destination.

• You can’t afford to miss the 2018 Summer Resource Fair, to meet & interview providers, discuss your needs and get your summer planning done! Remember… when you want to work with someone, you will talk directly with that provider… 

• Scroll down for last year’s SRF exhibitor list.


Date: Monday, January 8, 2018
Location: Base Camp
(see map below)
Time: 11am-5pm
Attendance is free for activity planners
(of youth, student, senior and active adult programs)
Parking:  In the Base Camp lot, or at Fort Snelling… ride the free shuttle that will be running between the Fort Snelling parking lots and Base Camp all day!

Set Monday, January 8th in your calendar today!


Your RSVP will help us plan this event better… let us know you’re coming… Thank you! Walk-ins are welcome, too!

We look forward to seeing YOU at the 2018 SUMMER RESOURCE FAIR at Base Camp on January 8th!


 List of 2018 EXHIBITORS to date

  • America’s Fun Science / Dr Tyronne Carter
  • Bell Museum, Minneapolis
  • Brian Richards, 4 Ace Productions
  • Eagles Nest Indoor Playground, New Brighton
  • Elite Gymnastics Academy, Burnsville
  • FlyOver America, Mall of America, Bloomington
  • Fun Express
  • Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia
  • High Touch High Tech of the Twin Cities
  • Historical Experiences / Arn Kind
  • Kona Ice Twin Cities
  • Little Falls CVB
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul
  • Minnesota Zoo & ZooMobile, Apple Valley
  • National Eagle Center, Wabasha
  • Padelford Riverboats, Saint Paul
  • Pavek Museum, St Louis Park
  • Remarkable Reptiles / Jim Gerholdt
  • Revolutionary Sports / John Richardson
  • Richard Bong Veterans Historical Center, Superior (WI)
  • Sea Life Minnesota at Mall of America, Bloomington
  • Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington
  • Steppingstone Theatre
  • The Jolly Pops / Billy Hartong
  • Valleyfair, Shakopee
  • Youth Enrichment League / Chet Gunhus