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A flash of nature: New Afton Museum exhibit to feature photography of Belwin Conservancy

A new exhibit featuring local photography is coming to the Afton Historical Museum next month.

The museum recently partnered with the Belwin Conservancy and the Hudson, Wis.-based Phipps Center for the Arts for the "Discovering Belwin Conservancy" exhibit, which will open next month.

The exhibit will showcase the work of five students who set out into the vast stretches of restored prairie land at Belwin in 2015 to capture images. The group also worked with the conservancy's naturalist Lynette Anderson

The Afton Museum will be hosting an opening event for the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. June 6.

Visitors will also be able to learn more about prairie and oak savanna restoration. Belwin's Land and Facilities Manager Justin Sykora will give a talk on the subject.

Guests will also have a chance to enter for a chance to win a $500 membership to the Belwin Conservancy. The membership perks include access to events, monthly programs and a private ride on the Bison Buggy, a custom-built vehicle used to tour bison grazing areas and the Belwin Conservancy preserve.

The "Discovering Belwin Conservancy" will likely run until mid-October before the museum prepares for late fall and winter events in Afton.

The Afton Historical Museum is located at 3165 S. St. Croix Trail in downtown Afton.

Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling 651-436-3500 or by emailing Leslie@aftonhistoricalmuseum.com.

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