Regal Meadow


Kandiyohi County

    Kandiyohi County
    Central Minnesota

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Total: 675 acres

East Unit: 180 acres

North Unit: 110 acres

West Unit: 385 acres


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North Unit

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West Unit


East Unit

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West Unit

County Road 2 (145th St. NE)
There is a field access on the east side of County Road 2 (145th St. NE) near the northwest corner of the unit. Park on the field access.
N45 22.926, W94 50.715

160th St. NE
There is a field access on the west side of 160th St. NE at the east boundary of the unit. Park on the field access.
N45 22.729, W94 49.498

East Unit

160th St. NE
There is a field access on the north side of 255th Ave. NE at the south boundary of the unit. Park on the field access.
N45 22.180, W94 48.799

North Unit

Minnesota HWY 55
There is a field access with a railroad crossing on the south side of Minnesota HWY 55 at the north boundary of the unit. Park on the field access or drive across the railroad tracks and park near the wood TNC sign.
N45 24.675, W94 52.274

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


Contact Ordway/Glacial Lakes Project Office (320) 243-7422 for more information.

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

North Central Glaciated Plains


Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Bellgrade Sand Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern)

Cattail Marsh (Prairie)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil)

Sedge Meadow

Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo    

The Nature Conservancy


In 2006, Don Knutson donated 110 acres of wet to wet-mesic prairie to The Nature Conservancy. The gift became the North Unit of Regal Meadow.








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County Road 2 Parking

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160th St. NE Parking

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Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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Amphibians northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) northern leopard frog

eBird Field Checklist (East)

eBird Field Checklist (West)


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

Insects and Arachnids

Two insect species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:



Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)


Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)


black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common buckeye (Junonia coenia)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

goldenrod bunch gall midge


orange sulphur

white-faced meadowhawk


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Wingstem, a plant not recorded in the state by the Minnesota DNR (MNTaxa) and not collected by the Bell Herbarium (University of Minnesota), is found here.


One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:


Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern) OPp93c

Cattail Marsh (Prairie) MRp83b

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil) OPp91a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American plum (Prunus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black mustard (Brassica nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

blue skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. hastata)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

heart-leaved willow (Salix eriocephala)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

meadow garlic (Allium canadense var. canadense)

mint-leaved bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata var. hirtella)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Solidago riddellii)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum var. maculatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tansy cinquefoil (Potentilla bipinnatifida)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild oat (Avena fatua)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium canadense var. canadense (meadow garlic)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Avena fatua (wild oat)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Brassica nigra (black mustard)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum var. maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lobelia siphilitica (great blue lobelia)

Lobelia spicata var. hirtella (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (mint-leaved bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Plantago patagonica (woolly plantain)

Polygala senega (Seneca snakeroot)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla bipinnatifida (tansy cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix eriocephala (heart-leaved willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora (blue skullcap)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. hastata (blue vervain)

Verbesina alternifolia (wingstem)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alsike clover

American plum

black-eyed Susan

bottle gentian

butterfly weed

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

Canadian tick-trefoil

common boneset

common sneezeweed

downy phlox

fringed loosestrife

gray-headed coneflower

heart-leaved golden alexanders


meadow garlic

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

northern bedstraw

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

red osier dogwood

Riddell’s goldenrod

spotted water hemlock

swamp milkweed

swamp thistle

Virginia mountain mint

wood lily

woolly plantain

yellow sweet clover





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