Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

Enjoy a little wilderness in the city in support of Wilderness in the City! Learn about our work, especially our awesome, metro-wide Pollinator Garden Project. Don’t miss an evening of award-winning short films that will inspire, inform, and entertain you – it’s a wildly popular event!!

Surly Brewery, Minneapolis

Tuesday, November 15

6pm Doors Open  |  7pm Films

Free Parking, Surley Pizza Upstairs available for purchase, Cash Bar, Drawing for Outdoor Gear, Surly Brewery Upstairs Hall


$30 Film Fest Admission
Includes FREE drink coupon!

$60 WITC Supporter
Get Film Fest admission and support Wilderness in the City with an Annual Membership plus FREE drink coupon!

$125 Pollinator Hero
Get Film Fest Admission, a WITC Annual Membership, and Recognition as a Pollinator Garden Project Supporter plus FREE drink coupon!

A Benefit for Wilderness in the City


Pollinator Garden Project



Environmentally Degrading Turf into Inspiring, Educational, Native Pollinator Gradens in Regional Parks

Wilderness in the City’s Pollinator Garden Project will replace environmentally degrading turf with native pollinator gardens in six Twin Cities regional parks. The gardens are planned as community projects to help inspire and educate people on how to create a native pollinator garden in their own yards, eventually resulting in a mosaic of high quality pollinator gardens across the metro.

We are excited to be partnering with Dakota County Parks, Minneapolis Park & Recreation, and City of St. Paul Parks & Recreation and are in discussions with three other regional park implementing agencies. We will finalize garden sites in Fall 2022 for installations over 2023 and early 2024.

Our partner on this project is Metro Blooms, a 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 as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Pollinator Garden Project Partners, the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Wilderness in the City, and Metro Blooms

Support Wilderness in the City

Become a Wilderness in the City Member

Becoming a Member is vitally important to support our work to preserve urban green spaces for ourselves and future generations. Your donation to Wilderness in the City , a 501c3 non-profit is completely tax-deductible. Annual Membership is valid through November, 2023.

THANK YOU for your Support!

Wilderness in the City is a completely volunteer 501c3 non-profit and all proceeds support our natural resource stewardship, outreach, and advocacy for our urban green spaces, especially our nature-based Regional Parks System.

Joining Together in Support of Regional Green Spaces

The Legacy of Nature Alliance (LONA) was established in 2021 to bring together individuals and organizations from throughout the metro region with a uniting mission:

“To ensure ecosystems are restored and preserved within the metropolitan regional parks system and throughout the entire region by providing high-quality habitat for wildlife and year-round Nature-based opportunities to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”

Organizations and individuals who support this mission are encouraged to join LONA.  We will be stronger together preserving and protecting lakes, prairies, wetlands and woodlands.

Lebanon Hills Sustainability Plan Update


We monitor issues in Dakota County, Met Council, and the Legislature that affect Lebanon Hills Regional Park and other Nature-based regional parks in the metro area.  To receive a hard copy or for additional copies to distribute, simply send a request with your name and address to info@wildernessinthecity.org.


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Lebanon Hills Natural Resource Volunteer

Volunteer and Represent! Wilderness in the City supports natural resource stewardship in all our green spaces and Regional Parks.  For Lebanon Hills Regional Park register through Dakota County Parks.

We are Wilderness in the City – dedicated to preserving and enhancing urban natural areas for future generations.


Wilderness in the City’s informative newsletters are published quarterly and include timely information on issues relative to Lebanon Hills and the regional parks system.


Depending on your interest, you can participate in a natural resources work night, volunteer to work at a community event, or attend hearings and meet with Legislators to discuss A Legacy of Nature.

Lebanon Hills

Learn more about Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the controversial 2015 Master Plan, and what we are doing to help preserve the wilderness character of this beloved park, which is its greatest character.

Met Council

The Metropolitan Council’s 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan establishes criteria that regional park implementing agencies must follow in order to be eligible for funding.  Learn more about how the process works. [This section is under construction and will be available soon!]

Dakota County

Find information relating to Dakota County Parks Department, the implementing agent for Lebanon Hills, including links and information related to natural resources, parks, and trails.


Contact us to learn more about any issues we are working on, or if you’d like to get involved.