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The History of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area
Excerpts From a History Written by Kelly M. Paulson in 2001 as Her Honors Project
The Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (often abbreviated as KONHSA or Ordway) is a 278-acre parcel of land owned by Macalester College. Ordway is located in Inver Grove Heights, just south of Saint Paul, on the Mississippi River. Beginning in the 1950’s, with the rise of ecology and environmental issues, Macalester College was keeping its collective eyes peeled for the possibility of acquiring a field station for the purpose of study, research, and prestige. In 1967, Macalester finally realized these dreams, and purchased approximately 276 acres.
Ordway has been a source of some reputation: Macalester is one of only four liberal arts colleges in Minnesota, and the only college in the Twin Cities, to boast a field station. Thousands of people have used the area for education, recreation, and research.