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, January 20th, 2018
Open Third Saturday

This event is Free and open to everyone. Once a month all the trails at Belwin Outdoor Science's Education Center are open for every ...


Friday, February 16th, 2018
Owl Prowling

Free for members, $10 for non-members. This popular event returns in February with two owl prowls! Join us as we hike through the winter woods ...

Free for Belwin members, fee for non-members.

Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Open Third Saturday

Free and open to everyone. Participate in programs, meet Belwin staff, explore the trails and connect with nature. NEW! One-Hour Guided Experiences at 11:00 ...


Annual Open House

Free and open to everyone. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., talk at 7:00 p.m. Featuring a special talk by painter ...


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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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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 ...

Kafka Announces Departure, New Director to be Hired in 2018

Nancy Kafka served as Executive Director of Belwin Conservancy from 2012 to 2017. “It is with a sense of accomplishment and excitement for Belwin’s future that I am announcing I will be stepping down as Belwin Conservancy’s executive director on December 31, 2017. “Leaving is always difficult — it’s hard to look backward when you are going forward ...

More than $27,000 Raised During GTMD 2017!

Thanks to an outpouring of support, we met and exceeded our goal and match, raising more than $27,000 during the 2017 Give to the Max Day (GTMD) event! Thank you to everyone who donated, helping us work toward meeting our year-end goals and keeping us strong. If you missed this year’s Give to the Max Day event, you ...

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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