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Wild Ones 2020 Design with Nature Conference

Sat., Feb. 29    9am-4:30pm

Exploring what we can do—as gardeners and educators—in our own small corners of the world to nurture, strengthen and sustain the complex and fragile web that connects soil, plants and animals.

Stop by our table and learn how we are working to improve pollinator habitat throughout the metro regional parks system.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to Design with Nature Conference


Wilderness in the City’s Annual Meeting and Social Event

Wed., March 4, 6:30pm | REI Community Room, 750 W American Blvd W, Bloomington

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee photo courtesy of Heather Holm

Featuring Heather Holm, Gardening for Bees – Award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker will share her knowledge about the fascinating world of native bees.  Her presentation will inspire you to support these critical pollinators throughout our backyards and public spaces in our local communities.

Lebanon Hills update – Natural resource restoration highlights and potential bison
re-introduction into Dakota County’s park system.

Wilderness in the City update – Our work to preserve nature-based opportunities
throughout the metro’s Regional Parks System.

Hearty appetizers: $10 members, $15 non-members | Cash bar

6pm Doors Open | 6:30 Program | 7:45 Social

Limited seating! Early arrival recommended.

Quarterly Newsletters

Meaningful public engagement is essential to the decision making process for our valuable regional parks system.  We are working hard to monitor and keep you informed on issues at Dakota County, Metropolitan Council, and the Legislature that may impact the future of Lebanon Hills and other metro area natural spaces, and how you can take action.

Fall 2019 Newsletter
  • Increasing Pollinator Habitat across the Metro
  • Legacy of Nature Action Network
  • Regional Parks Trivia
  • Spring Lake Park Reserve Master Plan Update
Spring 2019 Newsletter
  • Lebanon Hills Restoration Update
  • Schedule of Volunteer Stewardship Events
  • Ongoing Issue to Watch:  Spring Lake Park Reserve
  • Regional Parks and Legislative Efforts
Winter 2019 Newsletter
  • Conflicts in Parks and Trails Legacy Spending
  • A Crucial Time for Nature-based Parks
  • Lebanon Hills:  A “Park” or “Park Reserve”?
  • Schedule of 2019 Natural Resource Volunteer Events
Fall 2018 Newsletter
  • Legacy Amendment:  Ten Years Later
  • The 25-Year Parks and Trails Plan
  • Regional Parks:  Vision vs. Reality
  • Keeping Lebanon Hills “Forever Wild”
Spring 2018 Newsletter
  • Restoration at Lebanon Hills
  • Transitioning to a Healthy Ecosystem
  • The Regional Parks Policy Plan
  • Critter Corner:  Spring Peepers
Winter 2018 Newsletter
  • Implementing Master Plans — Let’s Improve the Process
  • Update:  Lebanon Hills Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion
  • Why Trees are Being Cut Down in Lebanon Hills
  • Critter Corner:  Barred Owls
Fall 2017 Newsletter
  • Central Greenway Study – Revised and Approved    
  • Managing Invasive Buckthorn – Here’s how ELF can help
  • “Forever Wild” Decision Makers
  • Preserving Nature Close to Home
  • Northern Cardinals
Summer 2017 Newsletter
  • WANTED:  Dakota County Parks and Natural Resources Commission
  • Natural Resource News and Events at Lebanon Hills
  • Rethink Nature-based Parks System
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
Spring 2017 Newsletter
  • Natural Resource Improvements at Lebanon Hills
  • Action Pending – Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebees
Winter 2017 Newsletter
  • Connector Trail Status
  • Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Natural Resource News / Lebanon Hills Projects
  • A Legacy of Nature Campaign