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.
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Open Third Saturday

Open to everyone! Guided Experience: Free for members, $10 for non-members. Participate in programs, meet Belwin staff, explore the trails, and connect with nature. One-Hour ...


Thursday, December 6th, 2018
An Evening with Craig Blacklock

Free and open to everyone! Photo courtesy Craig Blacklock Craig Blacklock is one of the country’s most distinguished nature photographers. His most recent book ...


Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Winter Solstice Bonfire

Open to everyone! Suggested donation: $5/car Join us as we celebrate the winter solstice with musical theater troupe Impossible Salt, night hikes, warm drinks ...


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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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The Belwin Conservancy needs your help! Our members support our work with their financial contributions. As a member, you'll be give even more chances to visit the Belwin Conservancy!

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Signs in Nature

Just like during road construction season, Belwin Conservancy has signs too! Ours don’t limit speed but instead inform visitors: “Turtle Crossing” or “This way to the bison!” or, perhaps most importantly, “Open to Everyone Year-Round!” While there are literal signs at Belwin, nature also provides plenty to those willing to stop and look: the lengthening shadows as we near ...

Belwin Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo by Rigel Bloome. We are excited to welcome Katie Bloome to Belwin Conservancy as our new executive director. Katie will lead the Belwin team as we protect and restore our landholdings, expand our programming and public outreach, and continue and strengthen our 47-year partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools. She has worked in nonprofit operations, program management, and fundraising ...

At Play on the Prairie

Belwin’s Annual Bison Release celebrates the connection between bison and prairie with EcoArt Fest and 5K Run Photo by Sharon Sykora Did you attend the bison release? Take our short survey and give us your feedback! On a cool spring day in May, the prairie at Belwin was already in bloom. Not with wildflowers; not yet. The late winter ...

Butterflies of the Bird World

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence." – Robert Lynd A light step, an alert awareness, an eager anticipation. These are some of the necessary ingredients for spring birding. This is the time of year when our hearts are full of excitement for longer days, warmer temperatures, and the delightful chorus of returning birds ...

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