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.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Sunset Prairie Hike

Come and hunt for signs of the season at the Belwin Creative Center located at 795 Indian Trail S. in Afton. This inspiring site is ...


Saturday, July 21st, 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 ...


Bison Buggy Rides for Members

Members Only Non-members can join on the buggy! No minimum fee required. Rides leave on the half hour, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Saturday, August 18th, 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 ...


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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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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 ...

Year of the Bird

“If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.” – Thomas Lovejoy, biologist and godfather of biodiversity Bluebirds are back at Belwin! Waterfowl are heading north along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers! Sandhill Cranes have been seen and heard flying overhead! We are fortunate indeed to be able to see and ...

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 ...

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