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.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Frog Walk at Bulrush Slough Waitlist

Open to everyone! Free for members, $10 for non-members Enjoy the auditory magic of a spring evening at Belwin Conservancy’s Bulrush Slough as we ...


Friday, April 26th, 2019
Spring Galaxy Party with the Minnesota Astronomical Society

Did you know spring is a good time to view other distant galaxies? This is because our Milky Way galaxy is at or below the ...

Everyone / $5

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
Frog Walk at Belwin Main Office

Open to everyone! Free for member; $10 for non-members. Enjoy an evening stroll around Belwin’s Bulrush Slough while listening for the spring calls of ...


Sunday, May 12th, 2019
Mother’s Day Bird Hike

Free and open to everyone! Come and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Belwin Conservancy! Join naturalist Lynette Anderson for an early morning bird hike ...


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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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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 ...

Exploring Connections between Art and Ecology

In 2015 and 2016, Belwin joined nearly two dozen organizations in a series of conversations exploring connections between creativity and the environment in the St. Croix Valley. The initiative, called Navigate, helped groups like Belwin, ArtReach St. Croix, area artists and chambers of commerce, create a shared vision for using our region’s rich resources to guide us through historic ...

Valley Creek flows clear on a cold midwinter’s night

As it spins through the galaxy in trajectory around the sun, the Earth leans on its axis, 23.5-degrees. That slightest lean means all the difference between warm summer days, sun on the back and toes in the soft, brown dirt – that and the cold bite of winter, frozen breath before your face and wind whipping loudly through the now ...

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