Seminary Fen SNA


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73 acres


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N44 48.522, W93 33.405

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


Deer only, by archery. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Le Sueur Alluvial Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern)

Seepage Meadow/Carr

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Prime Fen and Peat Dome

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Vegetation North of Farm Field

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Seepage North of Farm Field

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Assumption Creek

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Assumption Creek Dam

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Dam After Rain Comparison May, 2012

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Other Creek

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Southwest Corner

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Chicken Coop

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Assumption Creek

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Calcareous Fen (Southeastern)

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Dry Prairie

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Other Fen

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Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

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Abandoned Railroad Bed

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This SNA protects one of the state's finest examples of calcareous seepage fen, a nationally rare wetland type associated with upwelling springs of cold, mineral-rich groundwater.

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  Water flowing from the fen to the creek even after our horrendous cold spell (1/13/2014).  

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American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

American toad


Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:


Special concern

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey

Fungi and Lichens

Choke Disease of Grasses (Epichloe typhina)

Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

Turkey Tail

Insects and Arachnids

Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis
f. succinea)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Baltimore checkerspot

common green darner

twelve-spotted skimmer


coyote (Canis latrans)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Seven plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:



beaked spike-rush (Eleocharis rostellata)

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

hair-like beak-rush (Rhynchospora capillacea)

sterile sedge (Carex sterilis)

whorled nut-rush (Scleria verticillata)


Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

smooth sawgrass (Cladium mariscoides)


Minnesota Department of Transportation 2005 Survey

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern) OPp93c

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1



alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

buttonbush dodder (Cuscuta cephalanthi)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common reed (Phragmites australis)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

corn (Zea mays)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens)

eastern panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. hirsuticaule)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. opulus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

flat-stemmed spike-rush (Eleocharis compressa)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

golden ragwort (Packera aurea)

golden-fruited sedge (Carex aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hard-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus acutus var. acutus)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

inland sedge (Carex interior)

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

lake sedge (Carex lacustris)

late horse gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

lesser fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata)

limestone meadow sedge (Carex granularis)

Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern small yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Ontario aster (Symphyotrichum ontarionis)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

porcupine sedge (Carex hystericina)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie sedge (Carex prairea)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple-stem angelica (Angelica atropurpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

sage-leaved willow (Salix candida)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

sawtooth wormwood (Artemisia serrata)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

seaside arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

small-flowered false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea var. paupercula)

smooth hedge nettle (Stachys tenuifolia)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spring cress (Cardamine bulbosa)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

sterile sedge (Carex sterilis)

stiff cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium)

tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. altissima)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

three-lobe beggarticks (Bidens tripartita)

tussock sedge (Carex stricta)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

weeping willow (Salix x sepulcralis)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woolly sedge (Carex pellita)

woolly-fruit sedge (Carex lasiocarpa)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agalinis purpurea var. paupercula (small-flowered false foxglove)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Angelica atropurpurea (purple-stem angelica)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia serrata (sawtooth wormwood)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Berula erecta (cutleaf waterparsnip)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bidens tripartita (three-lobe beggarticks)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Cardamine bulbosa (spring cress)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex aurea (golden-fruited sedge)

Carex granularis (limestone meadow sedge)

Carex hystericina (porcupine sedge)

Carex interior (interior sedge)

Carex lacustris (lake sedge)

Carex lasiocarpa (woolly-fruit sedge)

Carex pellita (woolly sedge)

Carex prairea (prairie sedge)

Carex sterilis (sterile sedge)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Cuscuta cephalanthi (buttonbush dodder)

Cypripedium candidum (small white lady’s slipper)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin (northern small yellow lady’s slipper)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Eleocharis compressa (flat-stemmed spike-rush)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eriophorum angustifolium (tall cottongrass)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia virgata (leafy spurge)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata (lesser fringed gentian)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem artichoke)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lobelia siphilitica (great blue lobelia)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxypolis rigidior (stiff cowbane)

Packera aurea (golden ragwort)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phragmites australis (common reed)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Salix candida (sage-leaved willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Salix x sepulcralis (weeping willow)

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Schoenoplectus acutus var. acutus (hard-stem bulrush)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago altissima ssp. altissima (tall goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Stachys tenuifolia (smooth hedge nettle)

Symphyotrichum cordifolium (common blue wood aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. hirsuticaule (eastern panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum ontarionis (Ontario aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens (eastern marsh fern)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triglochin maritima (seaside arrowgrass)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse gentian)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia sessilifolia (wild oats)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Viburnum opulus var. opulus (European cranberrybush)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zea mays (corn)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American cow parsnip

American elderberry

American starflower

bird’s-foot trefoil

bittersweet nightshade

black raspberry

blue vervain

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)


common blue violet

common boneset

common dandelion

common mullein

common sneezeweed

common yarrow

cut-leaved coneflower

early meadow-rue

eastern redcedar

giant foxtail

golden alexanders

heart-leaved four o’clock

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

Michigan lily

Missouri gooseberry

New England aster

northern prickly ash

orange daylily

prairie ironweed

red clover

red elderberry

red osier dogwood

rough bugleweed

small white lady’s slipper

spotted knapweed

spotted touch-me-not

swamp thistle

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

white sweet clover

white turtlehead

wild grape

wild mint

yellow goat's beard

yellow marsh marigold





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