Lori Moilanen


People like you allow Belwin to thrive.

Thanks to the support of our community, our woodlands are healthy, our streams are cleaner, children are exploring nature, and bison are bringing the prairie to life. If you’re already a donor, thank you! If you’re not, we encourage you to join our family of supporters by giving an amount that is meaningful to you.

If you prefer to donate by check, mail your donation to:

Belwin Conservancy
1553 Stagecoach Trail South
Afton, MN 55001

Eco Patches – Restoring the forest, one patch at a time

A group of people use tools to plant a young tree in the forest.
Volunteers install the first generation of eco-patches, summer 2021.

While beautiful and beloved, the red pine forest near Belwin’s Education Center is not sustainable. The trees are aging, crowded, and susceptible to disease. Hastened by an infestation of bark beetles, Belwin has begun removing the sickest trees, replacing them with a more ecologically appropriate biome.

You can be a part of transitioning the forest slowly from red pine to a more biodiverse forest featuring white pines and bur oaks. When you sponsor an eco patch for $500, Belwin will plant a 10′ x 10′ area featuring one tree with a variety of complimentary understory plant species.

We are grateful to the Saint Paul Garden Club for their support in jump starting this effort.

Thank you for helping to create a more sustainable forest!

A force for good

We celebrate everything your donations make possible. As a donor, you’ll receive our twice yearly print publication, The Meadowlark, as well as invites to special donor appreciation events.

Those who give $500 and above are entitled to a private bison buggy ride through our restored bison prairie. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that gets you up close to the herd and celebrates everything your donations make possible.

Looking for other ways to give?

Belwin Conservancy also accepts gifts given through bequests or wills, DAFs or family foundations, gifts of stock, land, and more.  


Contact Angie Eckel, Development Director
angie.eckel@belwin.org or 651-435-0687

Belwin Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Contributions are fully tax-deductible. Our federal EIN number is 41-0967891.


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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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1553 Stagecoach Trail South
Afton, MN 55001

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