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.


Building Our Organization

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 A Committee

Stewardship Committee

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

If you have experience in local, regional, or state parks or natural resource organizations. Contact us about our work to influence natural resource policies.

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

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 volunteer with Wilderness in the City in Building Our Organization, Advocacy, or Outreach, click the blue Volunteer Button:

An Opportunity to give back to the park that we love!

Buckthorn Bust at Lebanon Hills

Sat., 10/7, 9-11 am  *  Fri., 10/13, 3-5pm  *  Sat., 10/14, 9-11am  *  Wed., 10/25, 3-5pm

Join other volunteers and Dakota County staff to help haul buckthorn at Lebanon Hills.  It’s already cut, so volunteers are not needed to help haul this invasive plant into piles where it can be more easily removed.  

Training will be offered at the start of the event.  this may include working off pathways or trails on uneven surfaces or walking short distances over relativey level terrain.  you will be working outside in the elements, so please dress accordingly.  Comfortable shoes and anti-bug clothing (long sleeves/long pants) recommended.

LOCATION:  4195 120th St. West, Eagan (park along the cul-de-sac at end of road and 120th St.)

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

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

Thank you to all who participate in our Natural Resource Stewardship Volunteer Events!



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