Minnesota’s prairie is known as the tallgrass prairie, which means that the dominant grasses grow very high, sometimes taller than a horse! It covered the southwest portion of the state. Only fragments of the prairie remain, some of it on restoration sites, some on abandoned patches of land that were never cultivated, and some on private land that people have decided to restore. Pay attention as you walk through your neighborhood, you may notice that someone’s front yard is actually a restored prairie!Prairies in Minnesota
Here are a few of the prairies in Minnesota that you can visit!
For information on the any of the places listed below, please contact DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or (800) 776-6000 or visit the Minnesota DNR website.
Afton State Park
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area
Lost Valley Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
Roscoe Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
Sand Prairie Wilderness Management Area
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.