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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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 8th, 2017
Nature Sketchbook Workshop

This workshop for adults of all skill levels is designed for artists of all skill levels who never lost their childhood love to "go play ...

Everyone / $75

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Sunset Prairie Hike

This hike is the first of monthly series to discover the changes in the prairie through October, hosted by Belwin Naturalist Lynette Anderson. Open to ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Early Morning Bird Hike

Explore a portion of the Belwin Conservancy on a guided hike to listen and look for migrating birds. Meet at Belwin Conservancy office, 1553 Stagecoach ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

Be a Better Birder

Belwin Naturalist Lynette Anderson will lead a workshop on birding. Meet at Belwin Outdoor Science Education Center, 1553 Stagecoach Trail S. Open to all members ...

Members of the Belwin Conservancy Only

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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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