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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Upcoming Events

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.
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Education Center Third Saturday

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. Guided ...

Everyone


Friday, November 8th, 2019
FREE Statewide Star Party event at Belwin

Statewide Star Party Celebrate the Moon & Beyond at Belwin with MAS November 8, 6:00pm - 8:00pm FREE FAMILY EVENT Picture this: Thousands of Minnesotans ...

Everyone


Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Education Center Third Saturday

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. Guided ...

Everyone


Friday, December 20th, 2019
Winter Solstice Bonfire

Open to Everyone! $5/car. Celebrate the longest night and the return of the light at Belwin’s annual solstice bonfire. Special guests Ikidowin Youth ...

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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.


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Visit

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.


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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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Become a Member

The Belwin Conservancy needs your help! Our members support our work with their financial contributions. As a member, you'll be give even more chances to visit the Belwin Conservancy!

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Letting the Forest Function

Three years ago, the first member event at the Creative Center was held on a hot July night. About 75 people walked along a bluff where a patch of oak savanna had recently been cleared of buckthorn. The views eastward, down to Lake Edith and into Wisconsin, stunned the guests who didn’t know the land contained such hidden gems ...


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 ...

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