Rules and Guidelines

People walking on boardwalk Visiting the Belwin Conservancy is a special treat. The land under our care contains an amazing cross-section of habitats and biodiversity found very few other places, especially so close to the Twin Cities. Please enjoy your time here, but keep in mind that you are a visitor. The Belwin Conservancy is managed for the wild things and not for human activity. There are numerous threatened plant and animal species on our preserve and it is our duty to care for them. Please tread lightly and subscribe to the principals of Leave no Trace.

For the enjoyment of everyone, the following are never allowed anywhere on the Belwin Conservancy's property:

  • Fires
  • Littering
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Horses
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Picnicking
  • Weapons
  • Removal of Vegetation
  • Picking Flowers

Always follow posted signs. Access and rules may change due to ongoing restoration activities. Access is only allowed from designated entrances. Always stay on designated trails. Belwin Conservancy property is only open during daylight hours.

The Belwin Conservancy's preserve is private property.


Please follow the following rules for dogs:

Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields

Dogs are not allowed at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields. Nor are they allowed on the trails surrounding the athletic complex. Due to the heavy use of this facility by youth athletes and their families, dogs—on or off leash—are never allowed.

Bison Observation Area

Dogs are not allowed at the Bison Observation Area. Due to the nearby bison, dogs are not allowed in this area.

Stagecoach Prairies Natural Area

On-leash dogs are allowed at the Stagecoach Prairie Natural Area. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. In addition, all dog waste must be cleaned up and removed from the site (not simply discarded off of the trail).

The Stagecoach Prairies Natural Area is principally managed for grassland bird habitat. These are threatened animals that principally nest on the ground. Off-leash dogs are highly disruptive to them.