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 FY 17-18 Accomplishments

  • Accomplishment Logo 2,697

    Volunteer Hours Worked

  • Accomplishment Logo 68

    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.

1,600 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

  • Patti Beedles

    Program Associate

KCWL sponsors + partners

What's happening now

Volunteer: Annual Honeysuckle Battle

Kansas City Wildlands Annual Honeysuckle Battle Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM – Noon Two Locations to Choose From   We have an urgent volunteer need for folks to come out and help us battle the invasive, exotic shrub honeysuckle taking over our wildlands! Select a location and sign up today!  Enjoy this terrific fall weather … Continued

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Volunteer! KC Wildlands, REI Partnership

Volunteer Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM – Noon!   In celebration of National Public Lands Day, volunteer with our Kansas City WildLands program as we’ll be removing invasive woody plants, including exotic shrub honeysuckle, while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. Volunteers will use loppers to remove the shrub, and stump-treat the … Continued

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Ephemeral Mania

by Patti Beedles, Kansas City WildLands Seed Tech Listen my friends, I have a plea. Pull yourselves from your cubicles, your screens, your stuffy house that’s held you hostage all winter long. Now’s the time to take a hike through a high-quality woodland and witness true magic. I realize, I’m a crazy plant lady with … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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