Why Wilderness in the City? Far too often, natural space in urban areas is viewed either as empty needing to be filled, or is left unmanaged and degraded. We have a different vision. These natural spaces are not empty — they are filled with opportunities for Nature-based education, Low-impact recreation, and valuable wildlife habitat.


Wilderness in the City is dedicated to preserving and enhancing natural urban areas for future generations through:

  • Natural resource stewardship
  • Community outreach
  • Advocacy


A legacy of parklands with healthy ecosystems for year-around, nature-based recreation and education opportunities.

  • Enhanced wildlife habitats in an otherwise developed urban setting.
  • Natural spaces, close to home and accessible to all, that offer respite from the built world around us.

Photo Credit:  Benjamin Olson Photography

It‘s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.

~ Dr. Suess, The Lorax

With proper management, healthy ecosystems throughout our urban natural areas and especially within our nature-based regional parks system can provide valuable support for:

  • Endangered pollinators
  • Monarchs
  • Low Impact Recreation
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • The Next Generation of Stewards
  • Habitat for Diverse Wildlife
  • Native Flora & Fauna