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
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.
Kansas City WildLands 2015 Accomplishments
Volunteer Hours Worked
Species of Wildflowers our Seed Team Collected
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!Find Volunteer Opportunities
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.Learn more
KCWL Steering Committee
Johnson County Parks and Recreation District
Midwest Field Representative
The Conservation Fund
Kansas City Native Plant Initiative
Natural History Biologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
Chad Scholes, Ph.D.
Shumaker Family Foundation
Kansas City WildLands Staff
- Linda Lehrbaum
KCWL sponsors + partners
What's happening now
Job Opening – 0.75 FTE Green Stewards Program Manager: Bridging The Gap is excited to announce two job openings for the development and implementation of our new Green Stewards Program. The Green Stewards Program is designed to support Kansas City Water Services Department in the day-to-day maintenance of constructed green infrastructure projects and to provide … Continued
Job Opening – 1.0 FTE Green Stewards Crew Leader: Bridging The Gap is excited to announce two job openings for the development and implementation of our new Green Stewards Program. The Green Stewards Program is designed to support Kansas City Water Services Department in the day-to-day maintenance of constructed green infrastructure projects and to provide … Continued
To Battle! Volunteer to help remove invasive honeysuckle at Kansas City WildLands’ Annual Honeysuckle Event. We’ll be removing exotic invasive shrub honeysuckle on three sites at one time, while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. This is a fun and festive workday, and great for groups! Volunteer spots are limited at … Continued