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Upcoming Events

Sat., Sept. 29, 9am-noon — Nurture Nature: A National Public Lands Day Event

Before:  Project area at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

Join Dakota County park staff and other volunteers for this fun, family-friendly event to help transform a large segment of mowed turf grass behind the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center and replace with a series of demonstration rainwater and pollinator gardens, bee lawn plantings, and wildlife observation features, and more.

After a morning of planting shrubs, plugs and seeds, enjoy a complimentary thank-you lunch provided by Dakota County.

Location:  Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Rd., Eagan

To pre-register or for additional information contact Garrett Zaffke, Dakota County Volunteer Coordinator, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-438-4635


Wed., Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30pm – 2nd Annual Our Wilderness, Our Future

We are bringing people together to learn more and help shape the conversation about the future of our wilderness.

Featured Presentation: Will Steger – Eyewitness to Global Warming

Will Steger, world renowned polar explorer, educator, photographer, writer and lecturer will present a retrospective of a life in the arctic regions of the world.  His presentation “Eyewitness to Global Warming” is his vivid account of the changes that he’s witnessed firsthand, caused by global warming.

Presentation: Lebanon Hills – Conserving Nature Close to Home

Dakota County Parks Natural Resources staff will provide an update on restoration progress at Lebanon Hills. Learn about several project areas, buckthorn management, and more. There will be opportunity for Q/A and discussion with staff.

Wed., Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30pm
School of Environmental Studies
12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN

Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited. Following the event, all are welcome to join for a social gathering with Will Steger at The Mason Jar, 1565 Cliff Rd., Eagan 


Quarterly Newsletters

Meaningful public engagement is essential to the decision making process for our valuable regional parks system.  We are working hard to monitor and keep you informed on issues at Dakota County, Metropolitan Council, and the Legislature that may impact the future of Lebanon Hills and other metro area natural spaces, and how you can take action.

Spring 2018 Newsletter
  • Restoration at Lebanon Hills
  • Transitioning to a Healthy Ecosystem
  • The Regional Parks Policy Plan
  • Critter Corner:  Spring Peepers
Winter 2018 Newsletter
  • Implementing Master Plans — Let’s Improve the Process
  • Update:  Lebanon Hills Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion
  • Why Trees are Being Cut Down in Lebanon Hills
  • Critter Corner:  Barred Owls
Fall 2017 Newsletter
  • Central Greenway Study – Revised and Approved    
  • Managing Invasive Buckthorn – Here’s how ELF can help
  • “Forever Wild” Decision Makers
  • Preserving Nature Close to Home
  • Northern Cardinals
Summer 2017 Newsletter
  • WANTED:  Dakota County Parks and Natural Resources Commission
  • Natural Resource News and Events at Lebanon Hills
  • Rethink Nature-based Parks System
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
Spring 2017 Newsletter
  • Natural Resource Improvements at Lebanon Hills
  • Action Pending – Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebees
Winter 2017 Newsletter
  • Connector Trail Status
  • Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Natural Resource News / Lebanon Hills Projects
  • A Legacy of Nature Campaign

Election 2016 Newsletter

  • What’s at Stake for Lebanon Hills
  • Candidate Questionnaire:  Parks and Natural Resources
  • Metropolitan Regional Parks System
  • Legacy Amendment — Parks and Trails

July 2016 Newsletter

  • Vote – Aug 9 Primary Election for Dakota County Commissioners
  • Natural Resource Events and Updates
  • Park Visitor Services Plan — The Future of Forever Wild?
  • Introducing “Critter Corner”

April 2016 Newsletter

  • Natural Resource Events in Lebanon Hills
  • Restoration Progress at Lebanon Hills
  • 2016 Lebanon Hills Development Funding Approved
  • 2016 State Funding Requests
  • Greenways (bike trails) and Lebanon HIlls
  • Natural Gas Pipeline
  • 2016 Elections

January 2016 Newsletter

  • Recap of adoption of Controversial Lebanon Hills Master Plan
  • Connector Trail Status
  • What’s Planned for 2016
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal
  • Natural Resource Stewardship