Where to Visit Plants

Visit plants in both horticultural and wild settings. Remember: don't pick flowers or collect plants in local, StateNational ParksState Scientific and Natural Areas, or Wildlife Management Areas. For more information on where and how to collect plants, visit our Making a plant collection page.


An arboretum is a living collection of trees and shrubs. Not only do arboreta serve as museums for woody plant species, they can help you envision what the sapling you plant in your front yard will look like in 20 years.

Linnaeus Arboretum
Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN 56082

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

University of Wisconsin Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
The Morton Arboretum Herbarium is housed on the Arboretum grounds.

Parks and Natural Areas


The sandstone bluffs at Seven-Mile Creek support a delightful array of very small plants. This liverwort was photographed by Alison Mahoney on a BIOL 442 field trip.

Mankato Area

Seven-Mile Creek Park

Minneopa State Park

Rasmussen Woods

Kasota Prairie

Fall's Creek State Natural Area

June in Fall's Creek State Natural Area, Washington County.
Photo: Alison Mahoney


MN State Scientific and Natural Areas

National Parks in Minnesota

Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota Wildlife Management Areas

Minnesota's Bookstore offers a wide variety of books on Minnesota's natural resources including guides to parks and natural areas, field guides, atlases, etc.