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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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, December 17th, 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 ...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Inaugural Winter Solstice Bonfire

December 20, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Belwin with music, storytelling, group dancing and singing, warm ...


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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.



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


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A Legacy of Land Conservation

David Hartwell has served on the Belwin Conservancy board since 1974, joining at the age of 18. He became president in 1986 and, in his time serving, the grandson of Belwin founders Charles Bell and Lucy Winton Bell has helped transform Belwin from 225 acres of land dedicated for Saint Paul Public Schools’ children into nearly 1,400 acres of ...

David Hartwell receives national land conservation award

On Friday, October 29, 2016, the Land Trust Alliance presented Belwin Conservancy Board President David Hartwell with its prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award. The award was given at the Alliance’s Rally 2016: The National Land Conservation Conference welcoming dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition to the award, Hartwell has been named the new ...

What’s the Buzz About?

University of Minnesota bee researchers report their Summer 2016 findings Counting the Bees By Joel Gardner, Bee Lab Technician; with Elaine Evans, PhD Candidate and Michelle Vohs, Undergraduate Assistant Research objective: Determining the species and number of bees living in the Belwin Conservancy, the St. Paul/Baldwin Plains and Moraines eco-region, and the state of Minnesota. This was the second ...

Children in Nature: A partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools

"The human child in nature may well be the most important indicator species of future sustainability." -- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods The year was 1970 and issues facing conservationists then were strikingly similar to what we face today: over-development of ecologically important land and children spending less time in the outdoors. It was at this time ...

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