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Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area
Dakota County, Minnesota
44.8111° -93.0275°


Macalester College's field station, the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (KONHSA), is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, 17 miles from the campus. The nearly 300 acre site was established in 1967 by Macalester College with the help of a major a gift from Katharine Ordway. The many natural habitats found at KONHSA include tall grass prairie, oak savanna and woodland, riparian forests, seasonal and permanent ponds and springs, and a backwater lake, adjacent to the Mississippi River. These lands have been set aside by the College for biological and environmental education and the protection and management of natural environments.

The station's facilities are housed in a two-story building and consist of an apartment for the resident caretaker, a classroom, a kitchenette for visitor/class use, a bunk room, restrooms, and an office.

Customized identification guides
under development

Checklists with images, maps, and links

Albums of site participants

More information



  • Dr. Jerald Dosch, Director, Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area -- dosch@macalester.edu -- 651-696-6187
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 13 October, 2010
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