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Links on the page preceded by an asterisk (*) will direct you to pages outside of the City of Saint Paul website and are provided for your information and convenience only. The City of Saint Paul does not accept responsibility for the information found on them. A link does not imply the endorsement of a particular site.
*Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is a sacred site to the Dakota people and a beautiful urban oasis where visitors can enjoy nature and contemplate history. Once owned and used by the BNSF Railways as a railyard, it has been restored to a more natural state featuring wetlands, prairies, and oak savanna.
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation along with project partners began shoreland restoration in 2002 at Lake Como. The restoration efforts included both shoreland restoration as well as strategic implementation of raingardens to effectively improve the overall water quality of Lake Como.
*Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom is a 17¾ acre restored woodland which provides ecological education and historical interpretation for school children and adults, habitat for native wildlife, and an urban woodland oasis.
Crosby Farm Regional Park
Crosby Farm Regional Park is the largest natural park within the City of Saint Paul. The park consists of a large area of floodplain and valley side slopes, the bluffs, along the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Minnesota River. The park’s forests, wetlands and lakes are important refuges for a broad diversity of native wildlife species.
Indian Mounds Regional Park
Indian Mounds Regional Park is the site of multiple Indian burial mounds perched on the bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul. The Natural Resource Inventory and Management Plan of Indian Mounds Park was developed in 2007.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the process of using many different and effective methods to control unwanted pests (ie. Buckthorn, Canada Geese, mice in buildings, tree diseases). The goal of IPM is to mitigate pest damage while protecting human health, the environment and economic viability.
Lake Phalen is 220 acres in size and is one of the most visited lakes in Saint Paul. Starting in 1899 the lake was subjected to dredging and high erosion. In 2001, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the City of Saint Paul and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries, along with several other partners, initiated a five-year ecological shoreland restoration project.
Prescribed burning is a safe, efficient and cost-effective management tool that can be used in many of Saint Paul’s natural areas. Before the intervention of humans, wildfires occurred on regular intervals. The Parks and Recreation-prescribed fire program restores fire to grassland and forest ecosystems, helping to recycle nutrients and control invasive species.
Raingardens protect our water resources, including our local lakes and the Mississippi River.