Upcoming Event

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Olson

Wilderness in the City’s Annual Meeting and Social Event

You’re invited to an informational and inspiring evening:

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bald Man Brewing, 2020 Silver Bell Rd., Eagan, MN

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Seth Stapleton, Minnesota Zoo Field Conservation Supervisor

Wilderness in the City will provide updates on:  

  • A Legacy of Nature Campaign:  A critical time for our nature-based parks
  • Lebanon Hills and status of the controversial connector trail 
  • WITC’s plans for 2019.

6:00pm Doors Open; 6:30-7:30pm Program; 7:30-8:30pm Social Hour
Hearty appetizers ($10 per person) & Cash bar

Stay Informed * Get Involved * Tell Others

Legacy of Nature


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

Contrary to what voters intended when they supported the 2008 Legacy Amendment, the majority of spending throughout the Metropolitan Regional Parks System has focused on the built environment, to the detriment of our valuable Nature-based Parks System. 

The Regional Parks System includes habitats for endangered species, fens, prairies, wetlands, woodlands and water resources.  Although these valuable resources throughout the system are stressed and degraded, the vast majority of Legacy spending has focused on capital development including:

  • construction, construction administration and other construction costs for buildings, retaining walls, plaza spaces & asphalt trails
  • excavation, grading, paving and concrete work, lighting for parking lots and associated entrance drives
  • Wave pool mechanical filtration system, golf course clubhouse septic system, maintenance shops & administrative offices

If this trend continues, the Legacy we will leave behind is contrary to what voters and taxpayers intended.  We can, and should do better.  Therefore, Legislative action is now needed to assure our Legacy dollars are used in a manner consistent with voters intent. 

Wilderness in the City is advocating for A Legacy of Nature — A campaign to ensure that healthy ecosystems are restored and preserved throughout our regional parks system, with year-around nature-based opportunities to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

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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 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing urban natural areas for future generations of people and wildlife.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, fully supported by donations from our members.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

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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!]

Dakota County

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.