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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. Belwin Conservancy's 1,424 acre preserve includes oak savanna and woodlands, tallgrass prairie, wetlands, and fens. It is home to numerous rare and threatened plants and animals. 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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Upcoming Events

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.
Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Education Center Third Saturday

Free and open to everyone! Explore the Belwin Education Center and its miles of rolling, wooded trails. Trails are not groomed in the winter. The ...

Everyone


Saturday, December 19th, 2020
Education Center Third Saturday

Free and open to everyone! Explore the Belwin Education Center and its miles of rolling, wooded trails. Trails are not groomed in the winter. The ...

Everyone


Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Education Center Third Saturday

Free and open to everyone! Explore the Belwin Education Center and its miles of rolling, wooded trails. Trails are not groomed in the winter. The ...

Everyone


Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Education Center Third Saturday

Free and open to everyone! Explore the Belwin Education Center and its miles of rolling, wooded trails. Trails are not groomed in the winter. The ...

Everyone

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In addition to learning about 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.


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


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

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News

Notes from the Land: Juvenile Osprey Rescue

Sunday, August 23 was a stellar day to be on the water: hot, sunny, and calm. Belwin Conservancy Operations Director Justin Sykora thought so too and was in his boat on the St. Croix River with his family near Bayport when he spotted some real-life nature drama. On the shore were two osprey clearly battling it out. Bird One was ...


Notes from the Land: Cicada Killer Wasp

The Cicada Killer Wasp: While this sounds like an episode of the Twilight Zone, the cicada killer wasp (Specius speciosus), is actually a native, solitary wasp. True to their name, they hunt and capture cicadas, which they store in their underground burrows. Cicadas are an insect that creates the loud buzzing sound in late summer. They feed on sap from ...


Belwin and Partners to Create Conservation Area Park in Afton

On June 23, 2020, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a Land and Water Legacy Program project that supports creation of a conservation area park with public hiking trails in the City of Afton. Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the county reached an agreement on the concept, funding, and conservation easement ...


Virtual Field Trips by Belwin a Success

An eighth-grade student from Saint Paul Public Schools poses with a bluebird house that she helped to install at Belwin. Photo by Joshua Leonard. After working with the SPPS science team to support science specialists early in COVID response education, Belwin Outdoor Science (BOS) launched their first Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) on April 20. After seven weeks of programming, BOS ...

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