The Belwin Conservancy and our members are working together to protect the St. Croix Valley through land conservation, scientifically-based ecological restoration and by building connections between people and the natural world. The Belwin Conservancy's 1,375 acre preserve includes oak savanna and woodlands, tallgrass prairie, wetlands, and fens. It is home to numerous rare and threatened plants and animals. The Belwin Conservancy is a nonprofit organization and needs your help to continue working to protect the landscape and wildlife of this area.

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The Belwin Conservancy hosts events throughout the year both for our members and some that are open to the public. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events and RSVP for them right here.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Twilight Hike at Belwin Creative Center

Free and open to everyone! Come and experience the magic of Belwin’s Oak Savanna restoration, one of the largest in the state. Photo by ...


Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Night in Nature 2019

Open to members and their guests Members: Save the date and plan to join us at Belwin on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Join us for ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Friday, September 20th, 2019
New Program! Women Walking Waitlist

Open to everyone! $10 per person Come and celebrate the seasonal changes in the natural world. Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice ... each ...

Everyone / $10

Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Education Center Third Saturdays Resume

Open to everyone! Guided Experiences: Free for members, $10/family for non-members. Explore the Belwin Education Center and its miles of rolling, wooded trails. Hour-Long ...


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Get to Know the Belwin Conservancy

In addition to learning about the Belwin Conservancy today, we hope you'll stay connected with our work. Join us and help protect the St. Croix watershed through thoughtful land conservation and by inspiring our connection to the natural world.



There are many great places and ways to visit the Belwin Conservancy's preserve. There are miles of public hiking trails through beautiful restored prairies and even an observation platform.



If you'd like to volunteer your time and expertise, we have many opportunities for you to do so.

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Free Play

Since the 2005 publication of Richard Louv’s groundbreaking book, “Last Child in the Woods”, the term “nature-deficit disorder” has become part of the lexicon, not just for parents and educators, but for a public concerned with who is going to care for natural spaces in the future. Over the past 15 years, awareness and action around getting kids in ...

Birds in the Heartland: Aerial Insectivores

Least Flycatcher. Photo by Greg Seitz. Float up, dive down, quick turn, out and back from the twig perch. Graceful, flowing, surprising in their agility as they move through space. This describes the aerial acrobatics of a group of birds that hunt for food “on the fly.” What are they looking for? Any winged or flying insect that would make ...

Spring Awakening

Photo by Brian Gratwicke. At the edge of night the sun pulls down its soothing shade and peepers creeping from leafy covers tune up to sing. Who will start this evening’s song with fluted notes that serenade the night? Someone begins, the same song his ancestors sang, and the forest fills with an urgent chorus. It must be high ...

On the Cutting Edge

Sometimes, saving a forest means cutting down a few trees. That’s what Belwin land managers were doing this winter, when approximately 100 red pines were cut from a planted stand near the Belwin Education Center. While trees have many important benefits for the environment, human health, wildlife, and more, such homogenous, human-planted plantations create an unnatural landscape, providing limited ...

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