Celebrating 50

In 2021, Belwin marks 50 years of connecting people with nature


In 1971, Belwin Conservancy began hosting outdoor education on 225 acres. In the decades since, Belwin has grown to more than 1,500 acres, and thousands of people have visited Belwin to learn from and explore our natural habitats. Are you one of them?

We want to hear your story!

Whether Belwin has been your place to hike the trails, star gaze, bird watch, listen to music, watch bison, cheer for young athletes, or all of the above, we want to hear from you. To say thanks, contributors will be entered in a drawing for a private bison buggy ride.*

Your stories will be shared throughout the year in celebration of this landmark anniversary.

*Winners will be notified by email. Drawings will take place this spring and again at the end of the summer. Buggy rides can be socially distanced, but may also take place at a later date given public health concerns at time of drawing.

Join the celebration!

Throughout 2021, we have been celebrating Belwin’s first 50 years with events, exhibits, and more.

This fall, in honor of our milestone anniversary, we are opening all of our trails to the public on Saturday, October 9, 2021 for a day of outdoor activities. Guided naturalist hikes, artist-led events and performances, and a celebratory gathering are planned, and more events are being added.

We look forward to seeing you at our 50th Celebration Open House!


Belwin Conservancy at 50: A Love Affair with Nature

The year kicked off with our retrospective exhibit at The Phipps Center for the Arts, curated by Susan Haugh, Belwin’s Program Director, with assistance by Anastasia Shartin, Visual Arts Director at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Take a virtual walk through below!


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We spark passion for wild places through conservation, education, and immersive experiences on more than 1,500 acres in Minnesota’s Saint Croix Valley.


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