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.

Learn more

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

Annual Honeysuckle Battle

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

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Volunteer! KC Wildlands, REI Partnership

Volunteers Wanted: Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM – Noon! Update: all shifts are filled!  Please contact Linda if you’d like to be put on a waitlist, or go to to select another event. Thank you! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, volunteer with our Kansas City WildLands program as we’ll be removing invasive … Continued

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Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! What is your volunteer story? Through our collective stories we create the narrative needed to propel others to take action. With collective action, we can create positive change. Together, we are preserving prairies, forests, and glades with KC WildLands; planting thousands of trees with Heartland Tree Alliance; removing litter from local … Continued

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