10th Annual Bison Release

Free and open to everyone
Location: Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EcoArt Fest
10:00 a.m. 5K "Run with the Bison" Fun Trail Run
12:00 p.m. Bison Release

Come and welcome a herd of juvenile male bison from NorthStar Bison to their summer home. This free community festival is designed to celebrate the bison’s critical role in helping Belwin maintain and improve our restored prairie.

Park at Belwin Conservancy’s Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, 15601 Hudson Road, West Lakeland, and follow signs

We’re excited to announce several new events as part of the 10th Annual Bison Release.

A 5K “Run with the Bison” Fun Trail Run will be held at 10:00 a.m. prior to the bison release. This family-friendly run is untimed and open to all skill levels. A small registration fee for the run will go toward maintaining the prairie for the bison and you. Register by May 16 to be guaranteed a bandana! The bison will be released into their prairie at 12:00 p.m., following the race.

Register now!
5K "Run with the Bison" Fun Trail Run

The EcoArt Fest will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with artist-led, interactive arts activities for all ages. Performances by Crow Bellecourt and Thomas Butcher Jr., and Impossible Salt will take place on the EcoArt Stage.

EcoArt Stage Schedule of Events
10:15 a.m. Riddle Brothers Band
11:15 a.m. Impossible Salt. Performers will lead people to Bison Prairie for Bison Release.
1:00 p.m. Crow Bellecourt and Thomas Butcher Jr.

Also at the festival will be the following arts organizations and individuals: Afton Historical Museum, Afton Old School Art Studio, ArtReach St. Croix, What We Need Is Here’s Jill Waterhouse, ephemeral artists Tanvi Kulkarni and Tom Bierlein, Western Wisconsin Photo Club, Wild Ones, and Witt Siasoco.

The following food trucks will be on site offering food and drink for sale:

  • Afton Alps Food Truck
  • Alimama's Sambusa
  • Habanero Tacos
  • Misfit Coffee Co.

The Bison Release festivities will be held rain (or snow!) or shine, so plan accordingly. Bring a chair or picnic blanket. Please consider carpooling!

Questions? Please contact Belwin Conservancy at 651-436-5189 or info@belwin.org.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com Epic Provisions Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Thank You to our Partners

NorthStar Bison YMCA of Woodbury Western Wisconsin Photo Club

Thank you to our Volunteers

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and their business resource groups: HyPride and Women@Hyatt Boy Scout Troop #817
Math and Science Academy (MSA)
And many other wonderful individuals!


You do not need to register to attend this event.

Event Details

May 19th, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields
15601 Hudson Road
West Lakeland MN 55001

Open To

This event is open to Everyone

If you have any questions about this event, please email: events@belwin.org