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Belwin Conservancy permanently protects nearly 1,600 acres in the Valley Creek Watershed. Through partnerships, public access, and innovative programming, we welcome people to celebrate and learn from our protected landscapes. In fostering connection and engagement with the land, Belwin has inspired thousands of people to protect our natural world—one hiker, one student at a time.

Land Protection and Restoration

Environmental Education

Public Programs and Events

Arts, Culture, and Ecology



From day one, Belwin’s model has been rooted in partnership and collaboration. Since our founding partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, we have grown by working together with like-minded organizations to accomplish our mutual goals. Our existing partnerships include:

American Indian Family Center

Belwin partners with American Indian Family Center to provide access to land and traditional healing practices to Indigenous families in the east metro.

Anishinabe Academy

This partnership centers the generational transfer of Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge between Anishinabe Academy students and Indigenous elders, educators and experts, as they learn through Dakota and Ojibwe language and cultural teachings.

City of Afton

Belwin partners with the City of Afton for new land acquisition, land and natural resource protection through conservation easements, and the creation of public hiking trails.

Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (DIO)

Belwin partners with DIO for seasonal Dakota language camps, centering DIO’s work to promote revitalization of the Dakota language through the creation and distribution of Dakota language materials for the home, community and classroom.

FamilyMeans Caregiving & Aging

Belwin collaborates with FamilyMeans Caregiving & Aging to provide nature education and accessibility to those aging in our community, caregivers, and persons living with dementia.

Minnesota Astronomical Society

Belwin partners with Minnesota Astronomical Society by providing opportunities to explore the cosmos through the Joseph J. Casby observatory and viewing areas at Metcalf Field.

Minnesota Land Trust

Belwin and the Minnesota Land Trust have partnered to implement conservation easements permanently protecting over 843 acres of the Conservancy’s important woodland and grassland habitat.

NorthStar Bison

Belwin partners with Northstar Bison to host a herd of bison that advances prairie restoration.

The Phipps Center for the Arts

Belwin has partnered with the Phipps Center for the Arts to develop interactive art and nature activities, curate annual photo exhibits at Lucy Winton Bell, and organize art and nature workshops.

St. Croix Soccer Club & St. Croix Valley Athletic Association

Belwin partners with St Croix Soccer Club and St. Croix Valley Athletic Association through the operation of Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields.

Saint Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Belwin Outdoor Science Program (BOS)

Belwin partners with SPPS’ Belwin Outdoor Science Program to connect kids to nature through authentic outdoor science investigations.

Stillwater Area Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Belwin partners with the Stillwater Area Schools ECFE program to provide nature-based experiences for families with children ages 5 and under focused on creating a connection with and a love for the natural world.

Washington Conservation District & East Metro Water Resources Education Program (EMWREP)

Belwin partners with the Washington Conservation District to educate community residents about actions they can take to restore natural habitat and protect local water resources.  

Washington County

Belwin partners with Washington County to acquire land and interests in land for permanent protection and provide advanced stewardship.


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Why Belwin Matters

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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