Wild & Scenic Film Festival
We hope you enjoyed your evening at Surly Brewery to benefit Wilderness in the City! We selected the festival program of wildly popular award-winning short films to inspire, inform, and entertain you. We love building a stronger Twin Cities environmental community.
THANK YOU for your support of Wilderness in the City. Our natural resource work for parks, pollinator gardens, and urban green spaces wouldn’t be as successful without you.
Learn more about SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour.
Pollinator Garden Project
Wilderness in the City’s Pollinator Garden Project will replace environmentally degrading turf with native pollinator gardens in six Twin Cities regional parks. These community projects will help inspire and educate people to plant their own native pollinator garden. Our goal – a mosaic of high quality pollinator gardens across the metro!
We are excited to partner with the following park agencies:
- Anoka County Parks – Bunker Hills Regional Park
- Dakota County Parks – Holland Lake Trailhead
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Wirth Park, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Entrance
- Ramsey County Parks and Recreation – Battle Creek Regional Park
Site selections will be completed in Fall 2022. Site preparation and installations will take place over the summer and fall of 2024.
Minnesota Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund, Wilderness in the City, & Metro Blooms
Our project manager is Metro Blooms, the Minneapolis based non-profit with a reputation for working with communities to create resilient, environmentally-supportive native gardens. Funding is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
Lebanon Hills Trail Plans
Sustainability Study Results Due
Dakota County’s consultants have spent the last year evaluating the trails in Lebanon Hills Regional park. Their recommendations to the Dakota County Physical Development Committee is scheduled for the end of November.
We have met with staff and the consultants twice to offer our input regarding the recommendations being put forward. The purpose of the study was to review all the existing trails for uses, alignment, and construction. We appreciate that finally the many eroded and degraded trails are getting attention. Our response, as always is to encourage the county to view this study first through an environmental lens. The park’s natural resource management plan was just completed and approved a year ago. Trail sustainability recommendations should be compliant with that plan.
We will continue to monitor the study process and provide updates.