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, August 19th, 2017
Bison Buggy Rides for Members

All members are invited to join us for short rides on the Bison Buggy and tour up close with the bison. Rides will be available ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Guided Trout Fishing for Families on Valley Creek

Join experienced fly fisherman Jim Rue for a two-hour workshop covering the basics of fly fishing. For the first hour participants will learn about the ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Open Third Saturday

Once a month all the trails at Belwin Outdoor Science's Education Center are open for every member to come and walk from 11:00 ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

View The Sun!

Come learn about the J. J. Casby Observatory and if clear view our closest star, the sun! Please join Minnesota Astronomical Society members in the ...
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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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Mysterious Marvels or Villainous Vagabonds?

Photo by Bear golden retriever from Auburn, N.Y., via Wikimedia Commons. Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) are a member of the Icteridae family, which includes all species of Blackbirds as well as Orioles, Meadowlarks and Bob-o-links. They are a stocky bird with a stout, short bill and can be found in any open pasture, urban yard or grassy forest edge ...

The Gregarious Acrobat

Swooping down, bouncing up, flitting side to side! This is the whimsical dance of the lively, yellow bird we call the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). It is this bird, particularly the male, that we watch for eagerly in spring to herald the coming warmer weather as his plumage changes from drab brown to brilliant yellow. As a member of the ...

Fueling Up in Stopover Country

Common Nighthawk. Photo by Gary L. Clark. Think about your last road trip. Do you remember how many miles you traveled? How often you stopped to eat? Where you spent the night? Were you able to get a good night’s rest or were there disturbances? Was it easy to find fuel when you needed it? These are all concerns ...

The Bison Are Back!

Photo by Mike Laughton. We’re excited to announce that a herd of 40 male juvenile bison from NorthStar Bison in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, have arrived at Belwin Conservancy. These young bison will spend their summer grazing 120 acres of our prairie, aerating the soil, and creating wallows to collect water for themselves as well as the birds and other ...

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