You don‘t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

Comments needed before July 1 regarding the Central Greenway Connectivity Study. [See “Lebanon Hills Regional Park” below.]

Wilderness in the City

Support our efforts to preserve urban natural areas.


Participate in individual park volunteer projects, community events, regional and state advocacy, or get involved with our organization by joining one of our committees.  See below for the many ways you can help support our efforts to preserve urban natural areas, or let us know if you have another talent or expertise area that you can share. 

Become a Supporting Member

As a supporting member, you are playing a significant role in helping us to continue our work advocating for preservation and enhancement of urban natural areas, especially Lebanon Hills Regional Park.  You will receive our quarterly newsletters by email (or regular mail if you prefer) and other timely notices.  You will also be eligible to vote on issues at our annual meeting.

Wilderness in the City is a 501(c)3 organization.  All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Join online or complete and send in a Membership form today!

Stay Informed

Join our email list to receive timely notices and our quarterly newsletter.

Like us on Facebook:   Lebanon Hills – Wilderness in the City

Get Involved – Join A Committee

  • Natural Resources
  • Community Outreach and Events
  • Advocacy
  • Communications 
  • Membership
  • Fundraising

Tell Others

Tell others you know who have an opinion about the future of Lebanon Hills or other natural urban areas about Wilderness in the City.

Contact Us

A Legacy of Nature

A campaign to ensure high-quality natural areas are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife.

Our metropolitan regional parks represent some of the last remaining refuges in the metropolitan region for habitats including prairies, savannas, woodlands, forests and wetlands.  Throughout our parks system, these valuable natural resources are degraded, and unless restored and actively managed, we risk losing them. 

Most people who voted for the Legacy Amendment cited reason such as clean water and preserving nature as their reason for voting “yes”.  A portion of the Legacy monies trickles through the Metropolitan Council to support the regional parks system. 

Contrary to what most people intended, these Legacy dollars are not being invested in restoring our degrading natural resources.  Since inception spending of these funds has disproportionately gone to constructing new and expanding existing infrastructure in Regional Parks, resulting in diminished natural resources…and more stuff to take care of, including potential projects such as the controversial paved Connector Trail through Lebanon Hills. 

To assure the natural resources within these unique parks are preserved for future generations, ask your elected legislators to oppose Parks and Trails Legacy Funding for the metropolitan region unless changes are made to better reflect funding priorities and the original intent of the law.  See who represents you.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Meaningful public involvement as the controversial 2015 Master Plan is implemented in years ahead will be vital to preserving the unique wilderness character of this special place. We will keep you informed when decisions are pending and how you can take action.

Central Greenway Connectivity Study – Your Input Is Needed before July 1

The Central Greenway Connectivity Study was conducted as a result of the public’s strong opposition to the controversial Connector Trail through Lebanon Hills, which was originally planned as the “Hub” of the County’s Greenway bike network and directly linking to several bike trails from outside the park.  Because of the public’s strong opposition to this concept, the County Board approved a significant change to the status of the Connector Trail, and the approved Plan now states “The paved Connector Trail is not to serve as a segment of the Greenway system.”  

A consultant worked with county staff to evaluate and designate trails around Lebanon Hills for bicycle transportation connectivity.  The Study is now complete and is available for public review and comment.  See the Draft Study .

Although the study does not make specific recommendations about the Connector Trail, it clearly shows the trail through Lebanon Hills as a main segment of the greenway bike network.  Learn more…

Submit your comment on or before July 1

Submit comments to:   John Mertens, Senior Planner,

Suggested comment to include with your personal message: 

The approved Lebanon Hills Master Plan clearly states that the Connector Trail is not part of the Greenway network.  I appreciate the County Boards decision on this, and I support completion and establishment of the Greenway Network around Lebanon Hills prior to any further action on the Connector Trail.  I do not support a paved trail through Lebanon Hills serving as a segment of the Greenway network in any capacity.

Thank you for your help preserving the wilderness character of Lebanon Hills.


Learn more about Dakota County, the implementing agency for Lebanon Hills and other Forever Wild Parks.

  • Natural Resource Management System Plan – Adopted by the County Board on May  23, 2017.  Going forward, we will continue to monitor progress, and encourage the Board to provide staff with necessary resources to successfully implement the plan. 
  • Dakota County Park Visitor Services Plan –  in development; this plan is expected to be presented to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and an upcoming Physical Development Committee meeting.
  • Dakota County Parks — Learn more about Dakota County Parks on their website.
  • Dakota County Board — Learn more about the Dakota County Board;  they are the decision makers over Lebanon Hills and other Forever Wild Parks.
  • Dakota County Parks Volunteer — Learn more about volunteer opportunities throughout Forever Wild Parks.