Blue-gray gnatcatcher

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.



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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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! If you join at the $100 level, you'll even be invited on bison safaris!

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It is cliché that every conversation in Minnesota begins and ends with a discussion of the weather. It seems up here in the northern plains, we are always gazing skyward. At the Belwin Conservancy we are no different. We remain preoccupied by the weather because this aspect of nature dictates so much of our work, and in Minnesota, weather can ...

Director's Message

A few months ago, Belwin Conservancy staff were waiting for the weather to clear. There was a realization that as much as we’d like to think differently, the work that needs doing to maintain the healthy and sustainable ecology we call Belwin Conservancy is completely dependent on something over which we have no control. Sure, we are farmers. And ...

Hope & Chuck Lea

If you happen wander into the Belwin education center on any given day, you will encounter excited students getting ready for their classes and for being outdoors. The students may be doing lots of different things while at Belwin. They may be learning how to take photographs of nature with digital cameras or heading out with radio telemetry equipment. Some ...

Seed Scavenging

At the Belwin Conservancy we use locally harvested prairie seed for our new restorations as well as enhancing our existing restorations. Since 2009, Belwin Conservancy has seeded over 150 acres of prairie and savanna, and we are gearing up to seed an additional 30 acres this fall (2013) and spring (2014). Purchasing a healthy prairie seed mix can cost upwards ...

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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, April 26th, 2014
Spring Open House

Finally! It feels like we deserve spring more than usual this year. Our bitter, cold winter made it challenging to get outside and now is ...

Belwin Conservancy Members Only

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Renew Yourself

Join us for a refreshing morning of yoga and walking at the Belwin Conservancy. We’ll spend 30 to 40 minutes warming up the body ...

Belwin Conservancy Members who donate at least $120s Only

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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 ...

Belwin Conservancy Members who donate at least $120s Only

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Bird Walk

The Belwin Conservancy's preserve is a great spot for birdwatching any time of year but in spring, it's even better. This time of ...

Belwin Conservancy Members who donate at least $120s Only

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