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.
Friday, April 13th, 2018
Spring Galaxy Party

Did you know spring is a good time to view other distant galaxies? This is because, in our rotation around the sun, our Milky Way ...

Free for Belwin members, fee for non-members.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Open Third Saturday

Open to everyone; Guided Experiences $10 for non-members. Participate in programs, meet Belwin staff, explore the trails and connect with nature. One-Hour Guided Experiences at ...


Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Bison Exhibit and Talk

Talk at 11:00 a.m. Join Belwin Naturalist Lynette Anderson at Woodbury’s Central Park as she talks about bison and their relationship with ...


Saturday, May 19th, 2018
10th Annual Bison Release

Free and open to everyone Includes the EcoArt Fest and 5K Run with the Bison 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EcoArt Fest ...


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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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Art of the North: Experiencing a winter night at Belwin

A luminaria, the observatory, and the moon. Winter’s long night is just starting to give way to spring’s sun in our latitudes. We are well into ten hours of daylight, and the pace of its lengthening is accelerating everyday. At Belwin Conservancy’s Annual Open House on Feb. 17, the push and pull of light and dark did ...

Birds in the Heartland: Great Horned Owl

Photo by Peter K Burian. Just past dusk and the air is brisk. Starlight begins to twinkle and the quiet of nighttime is at hand. A large shadow flies across the path and, into the silence, muffled and subdued, comes the low and resonant “Whooo-Whooo-Whoo” of the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). This sound elicits many emotions: awe, fear, excitement ...

Fire and Light Mark the Longest Night

It all started with 20 red pines, standing tall, crowding out one another to get to the light. Planted in an unnatural plantation decades ago, they were situated too close to the Belwin Outdoor Science Education Center and susceptible to disease—ripe for thinning. Such plantations are called “ecological deserts” by many naturalists because so few native species, from flowers ...

The impact of bison at Belwin Conservancy

Originally published on the NorthStar Bison Blog. “I can't even describe how incorporating bison have enhanced the landscape here. The quality and maturation of our prairie has been improved by 4x. The balance and abundance of insects, wildlife, wildflowers and grasses here is second to none in the country. Simultaneously, our management energy and costs have plummeted. All thanks ...

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