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Scientific and Natural Areas Program


Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas
Sanctuaries (Restricted Entry)


Sanctuaries are sites within Natural Areas that are closed year-round or during specific seasons. They may include the entire Natural Area, or just part of it. Sanctuaries help protect rare and sensitive natural features, such as nesting sites. Entering a closed sanctuary is in violation of state law.

The following are Natural Areas that have sanctuary closures: