Sunset at the Belwin Conservancy
Protecting the Irreplaceable.

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.


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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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Open First Saturday

On the first Saturday of every month, all our members are invited to come out and explore from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members are also invited to take part in a program; this month's is listed below:
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Bird Hike

The Belwin Conservancy’s preserve is a great spot for birdwatching. Different species of bird are active at Belwin as they pass through in the ...

Frog Walk

Join us for an evening exploration of the signs and sounds of springtime at the Belwin Conservancy. This time of year, the frogs are singing ...

For Young Children

Rob Bignell author of Hikes with Tykes will give a talk and walk demonstrating effective preparedness that make any hike with a tyke a fun ...

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, June 6th, 2015
Bison Release

Join us and cheer as we welcome the bison back for another summer at the Belwin Conservancy! We open at 11 am & the release will ...

Bird Hike

The Belwin Conservancy’s preserve is a great spot for birdwatching. Different species of bird are active at Belwin as they pass through in the ...


Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Renew Yourself

Please join us for a refreshing morning of yoga. We’ll spend 30 to 40 minutes warming up the body and then head out on ...


Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Renew Yourself

Please join us for a refreshing morning of yoga. We’ll spend 30 to 40 minutes warming up the body and then head out on ...

Belwin Conservancy Members Only

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