The Belwin Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Afton, Minnesota. Our 1,364 acre preserve is home to numerous rare and threatened plants and animals. Belwin hosts oak forests and savanna, restored and remnant prairies, wetlands, rich fen, spring-fed streams, and more. Belwin works to protect and restore these native ecosystems. We have been practicing ecological restoration for decades, and regularly undertake landscape-level projects such as a 100-acre oak savanna restoration – widely regarded as one of the largest in Minnesota. Over 10,000 students every year visit Belwin to be immersed in nature. During the summer months, the Belwin Conservancy plays host to a herd of bison who roam and restore diversity to one of our largest restored prairies.
Metro Blooms is a private nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization that works to promote environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices to improve the health of our land and water resources. We have a 501(c)3 status and work with many organizations, businesses, professional associations, local governments and watershed districts. Originally known as Blooming Boulevards, Metro Blooms grew out of the Committee on Urban Environment, established by the Minneapolis City Council in 1968.
Metro Blooms is taking the lead in educating Twin Cities metropolitan area residents to become active stewards of our water resources. More than 6,000 people have attended our raingarden workshops. Our surveys indicate that 80% of workshop attendees have installed, are working to install, or are planning to install a raingarden. Through our Neighborhood of Raingardens projects, we have installed more than 360 raingardens and are working to install another 85 raingardens this year.
Our 30 year old Minneapolis Garden Awards Program evaluates and recognizes beautiful and publicly visible gardens in order to promote beautifying the city while protecting and healing the environment.
2310 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Twin Cities Chapter