Program Mission

Kansas City WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation-minded citizens established to restore and conserve the remnants of Kansas City’s original landscape by involving people in the stewardship of the land.

Relatively undisturbed prairie, glade, savanna and forest natural communities still exist on public lands in the metro area, but they need our help! Over time, these remnant wild places have been overtaken by trees and brush, invaded by exotic plants and deprived of the natural processes that maintained them.

In addition to a lack of management, these natural communities also suffer from a lack of recognition and appreciation by the urban public. An equally important dual goal of the WildLands coalition is to involve citizens and metro communities in the care of these lands that represent Kansas City’s natural heritage.

KC Wildlands Projects

Learn more about the KC Wildlands Projects, and how YOU can get involved!

Kansas City WildLands 2015 Accomplishments

  • Accomplishment Logo 2,000

    Volunteer Hours Worked

  • Accomplishment Logo 24

    Workdays Hosted

  • Accomplishment Logo 84

    Species of Wildflowers our Seed Team Collected

  • Accomplishment Logo 250

    Invasive Cedar Trees Removed at our Annual Cedar Tree Event

Hike a Wildland

The wild lands await! Many people are unaware that there are so many beautiful, undisturbed natural areas in the Kansas City region. Come out and take a walk and visit these living natural history lessons.

Find a Hike Near You.

Currently WildLands volunteers help to restore thirteen remnant sites within the Kansas City metropolitan region. These are some of the most diverse, beautiful places in the Midwest ... we challenge you to visit all 13!

Hike a Wildland

Volunteer with WildLands!

Join us in conserving, protecting, and restoring our wildlands.

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Volunteer with Bridging The Gap’s Kansas City WildLands (KCWL) program! At our workdays, we explain why it’s important protect and restore our native ecosystem, then we split into small groups to remove and treat invasive plants. We work on designated WildLands (native forests and prairies) throughout the metropolitan area, on both sides of the state line.

1,500 people volunteer with BTG each year. Be part of the movement!

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Invasive Species

An under-story shrub in woodlands, Asian bush honeysuckles invades quickly and out-competes native plants. Because it leafs out so early, the shrub steals light from native plants that need a sunny forest floor in spring in order to flower, fruit, and gather energy for the next year. Birds and small animals eat the berries and deposit the seeds elsewhere, spreading this noxious weed. Learn to identify this aggressive invader, and then kill it before it spreads more seeds elsewhere.

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KCWL Steering Committee

Matt Garrett

Field Biologist
Johnson County Parks and Recreation District

Ginevera Moore

Midwest Field Representative
The Conservation Fund

Mary Nemecek

Kansas City Native Plant Initiative

Larry Rizzo

Natural History Biologist
Missouri Department of Conservation

Chad Scholes, Ph.D.

Rockhurst University

Megan Shumaker

Environmental Chair
Shumaker Family Foundation

Kansas City WildLands Staff

  • Linda Lehrbaum

    Program Manager

KCWL sponsors + partners

What's happening now

Group Volunteer Opportunity at Maple Woods

Update: all opportunities at Maple Woods have been filled. Please contact Linda to discuss opportunities at other sites throughout the metro. Min group size: 15.   Maple Woods Ecological Restoration Workday Set a Date With Us, February 1 – March 30 Great for Corporate Groups!   The following opportunity is available for groups (up to … Continued

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Volunteer! “Long Johns and Loppers”

Volunteer with us! Saturday, March 3*, 1:00 – 4:00 PM *Originally scheduled February 24. Rescheduled due to rain. Join our Kansas City WildLands team and layer up for our Long Johns and Loppers Ecological Restoration Workday! Volunteers will cut and treat invasive woody plants from several beautiful, natural communities in the region, helping native flowers … Continued

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Blood Drive in partnership with the Community Bl

Bridging The Gap is concerned about the “emergency blood shortage” and has teamed up with the Community Blood Center to promote a blood drive. Donate at any CBC Donor Site and use the code: EF8A (if you use the code we can track how many BTG supporters contributed to this effort)! Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, … Continued

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Studies Reveal A Diversity Of Native Bee Species

By Tom Schroeder The amazing diversity of native bees in the Kansas City area has been revealed in a two year study of four native remnant areas. Burroughs Audubon Society, Johnson County Parks, and Bridging the Gap/Kansas City Wildlands funded two studies. In 2017 Ogg Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park Prairie … Continued

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