The Belwin Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and appreciation of the natural world. The Belwin Conservancy owns nearly 1,400 acres of permanently protected land in Afton and West Lakeland Townships.
St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) is the field research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Station scientific staff conduct ongoing ecological research at the watershed scale.
The Scientific and Natural Areas program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources currently administers nearly 160 sites scattered throughout the state. The Scientific and Natural Areas Program protects natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value.