Upcoming Event

Featured Presentation:  Will Steger,

Will Steger, world Renowned Polar Explorer, Educator, Photographer, Writer and Lecturer will present “Eye Witness to Global Warming” with stunning photographs from his expeditions along with compelling data and satellite imagery to document the deterioration in the polar ice caps.  While the issue is critical, and the presentation is dramatic, Steger’s message is one of hope and empowerment. 

Presentation:  Lebanon Hills Restoration Update

Dakota County Parks natural resource staff will present an overview and update of restoration efforts at Lebanon Hills Regional park, including Q&A and discussion.  Learn more about the important work being done to help conserve this beloved Wilderness in the City for future generations of people and wildlife.

Also, we are delighted to feature images by Benjamin Olson, Wildlife and Nature Photographer during the evening.

DATE:  Wednesday, Nov. 14

TIME:  6-9pm (doors open at 6;  program from 6:30-8:30)

WHERE:  School of Environmental Studies, 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley

Following the event, please join us for a social gathering with Will Steger at The Mason Jar, 1565 Cliff Rd., Eagan. Food and Drink specials will be available.

Many thanks to Conservation Minnesota for sponsoring this event.

For more information, email wildernessinthecity@gmail.com or call Holly Jenkins at 651-271-1257

Legacy of Nature


What will we leave the next generation:  A Legacy of Nature…or more stuff to take care of?

Based on past spending and current funding requests the 2008 Legacy Amendment will be more detrimental to our metro area natural resources than many of those who voted for it expected.  This trend will continue until there is action taken by Legislators.

Despite the fact that woodlands, prairies, lakes and wetlands are stressed and degraded in many of our regional parks, the highest spending category for Legacy funds eligible for the Regional Parks System has been “New Development” such as:

  • Roadways, parking lots, & sidewalks
  • Wave pool mechanical filtration system
  • Golf course clubhouse septic system
  • Maintenance shop

To ensure that natural resources within our unique and valuable Regional Parks System are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife, Wilderness in the City is advocating for balanced spending of Parks and Trails Legacy Funds.  This will result in a decrease in Legacy funding for capital development, and an increase for environmental stewardship, as intended by those who voted “yes” for the Amendment. 

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We monitor issues in Dakota County, Met Council, and the Legislature that affect Lebanon Hills Regional Park and our other urban natural spaces across the region.  To receive a hard copy or additional copies to distribute, simply send a request with your name and address to:  wildernessinthecity@gmail.com


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Wilderness in the City’s informative newsletters are published quarterly and include timely information on issues relative to Lebanon Hills and the regional parks system.


There are many ways to volunteer Wilderness in the City.  Depending on your interest, you can participate in a natural resources work night, volunteer to work at a community event, or attend hearings and meet with Legislators to discuss A Legacy of Nature.

Lebanon Hills

Learn more about Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the controversial 2015 Master Plan, and what we are doing to help preserve the wilderness character of this beloved park, which is its greatest character.

Met Council

The Metropolitan Council’s 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan establishes criteria that regional park implementing agencies must follow in order to be eligible for funding.  Learn more about how the process works. [This section is under construction and will be available soon!]

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Find information relating to Dakota County Parks Department, the implementing agent for Lebanon Hills, including links and information related to natural resources, parks, and trails.


Contact us to learn more about any issues we are working on, or if you’d like to get involved.