Scientific and Natural Areas

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Scientific and Natural Areas Program

Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas

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Preserving natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value.

Fog over Lost Lake Peatland SNA

What are Scientific and Natural Areas?

Minnesota's natural areas include native plant communities, rare species and geologic features of statewide significance.
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Boots at Falls Creek SNA


You're invited to visit natural areas throughout the year. Visit the wild places!
Visiting guidelines »
Things to do on a Natural Area »

Volunteers collecting prairie seed on Lost Valley Prairie SNA


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