Every voice matters in the work to protect our urban natural resources – and one determined person can make a difference. Add your voice to our community of dedicated wilderness-in-the-city lovers working to protect our urban greenspaces. There are many ways you can join us in preserving our urban and suburban greenspaces.

Volunteer for Wilderness in the City

We appreciate those who can offer their time to support our work. We are especially looking for volunteers with experience in:

  • Grant writing
  • Website
  • Membership support

Contact us here or click the Volunteer button below. Thank you!

Join our Stewardship Committee

Have a direct impact in helping our native flora and fauna by joining our Stewardship Committee.

Join our Outreach Committee

Help us promote Wilderness in the City and Lebanon Hills Regional Park at community events throughout the year.

Contact us here or click the Volunteer button below. Thank you!

To help us grow our organization or to join a Committee (Advocacy, Outreach, Stewardship) click the blue Volunteer Button:

Wilderness in the City, together with Conservation Minnesota and Dakota County Parks, supports monthly volunteer events. Since 2015, more than 5000 volunteer hours have been spent by Natural Resource Volunteers in Lebanon Hills. Thank you volunteers!

We are proud to continue this partnership and invite you to join other volunteers and staff for upcoming events:

2018 Schedule of Monthly Environmental Stewardship Events

  • Sat., April 14, 9am-noon (for returning volunteers only!) – Garlic Mustard Refresher
  • Tues., May 1, 6-8pm * Thurs., May 3, 6-8pm * Sat., May 12, 9-11am — Garlic Mustard Training
    • Attend one of these three Garlic Mustard Training events and you will be eligible to participate in the 3rd annual Garlic Mustard Challenge!
  • Thurs., June 7, 6-8pm — Native Plug Planting
  • Thurs., July 12, 6-8pm — Japanese Hedge Parsley Training/Pulling
  • August Stewardship Event — TBD
  • Thurs., Sept. 13, 6-7:30pm — Native Seed Collection followed by a Prairie Picnic

Additional Opportunities for “Forever Wild” Natural Resources Volunteers

Tues., Sept. 18, 6-7:30pm:  Invasive Species Early Detection Volunteer Training at Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul

Be part of a dedicated team of people to help scout and report new infestations of invasive plants.  If you enjoy being outdoors and want to contribute to conservation, consider becoming an Early Detection Volunteer!  Pre-registration is recommended.  

Sat., Sept. 29, 9am-noon:  National Public Lands Day at Lebanon Hills

Join park staff and volunteers to improve the health and quality of Lebanon Hills!  This project will restore a large segment of mowed turf grass behind the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center to create a series of demonstration rain garden and pollinator gardens, bee lawn plantings, and wildlife observation features.  This is a fun, hands-on, family friendly event with both kid-friendly activities as well as adult activities.  Admission and parking is free, and a thank you lunch will be provided afterwards.   Pre-registration is recommended.


Thank you Volunteers!


Dakota County Lebanon Hills Regional Park Natural Resource Projects

These natural resource projects in Lebanon Hills Regional Park are being managed by Dakota County natural resource staff. We thought you’d like to learn more about them.

Buck Pond Restoration

Dakota Lake Forest Restoration and Enhancement

Jensen Lake Woodland Restoration

Tamarack Swamp Enhancement

Star Pond Savannah Enhancement


Japanese Hedge Parsley


Minnesota Wildflowers