Blue-gray gnatcatcher

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 1,364 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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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.



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Busy Bees

The phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” or CCD, has gained media attention thanks to books and documentaries like Vanishing of the Bees. While the focus of CCD typically falls on honeybees, the domesticated European Apis mellifera introduced to North America in the early 1600s, they are just one species of the nearly 400 natives bees found in Minnesota. On the prairies ...

Monitoring Macro-Invertebrates in Valley Creek

Since the fall of 1998, the first Fridays in October and May have been especially memorable for biology students at Stillwater Area High School; these are the dates for our field trip to Valley Creek with Belwin Conservancy. We have been conducting a macro-invertebrate study of this exceptionally beautiful stream. It began as part of a Citizen Monitoring project with ...

Belwin Buckthorn Bust!

Buckthorn, yarrrrgh!” cried out a student in a crowded hallway as he pumped his fist in the air. It was March 2008 at Como Park Senior High School where I was a biology teacher. We had completed a large buckthorn bust in October as part of a unit on invasive species. The fact that this sophomore was still out for ...

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Spring. Busting forth. Multiplying. Greening. Growing. Moving forward. Master plan. Solar panels. Agreements. Budgets. Garlic mustard surveying. Membership renewals. Planning. Fixing machines. Grant writing. Board meetings. Volunteer marketing committee meetings. Partner meetings. Researching. Soccer. Baseball. Fundraising. Frog walks. Bird walks. Bird surveys. Equipment breaking. Prescribed prairie burning. Equipment purchase. Map fixing. Map making. Member events. Land protection plan. Events. MCAD ...

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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, May 21st, 2016
Telling Wild Tales

A Writing Workshop: 1-4 p.m. Are you fascinated by the natural world? Would you like to explore environmental themes through poetry, creative nonfiction or ...

Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Bison Release

Come and cheer as we once again release a herd of Bison at Belwin!

Public Welcome

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Guided Trout Fishing Along Valley Creek Full

This is our first venture into guided fishing on Valley Creek. We are interested in your feedback concerning creation of this new program. Please go ...

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Open Third Saturday

Once a month all the trails at Belwin are open for every member to come and walk from 11 am to 3 pm. This includes ...
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