Wilderness Louisville, Inc. is one of the multiple local non-profit organizations working to raise funds and advocate on behalf of Louisville’s public parks and natural spaces.  Our role, as a partner to Metro Louisville Government and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, is to support the improvement of natural community assets and nature-related programming that are the management responsibility of the Natural Areas Division based at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

This means we are focused on conservation and connecting people to nature.  Our motto is “Nature for Everyone” and this is reflected in the primary initiatives that we support. We support implementation of the Jefferson Memorial Forest Master Plan so that the Forest can reach its tremendous potential both as Louisville’s largest nature preserve and a community asset that enhances quality of life for residents of southwest Louisville and beyond.  We also support the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative which is designed to improve equitable access to nature in our community by addressing deficiencies in the location of outdoor, nature related infrastructure and programming, particularly in west Louisville.  This initiative has its roots in Jefferson Memorial Forest’s Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors Initiative which has steadily grown since its launch in 2008 to provide youth, primarily in west and south Louisville, with continual experiences in nature.

West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative

In 2016, with critical community input through a series of public meetings and public events and with planning support from the National Park Service the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative master plan was created.  This planning document acknowledged Louisville geographic inequity related to the infrastructure and programming devoted nature-based outdoor recreation and education.  To find out more about recommended investments to address this, please click below.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Master Plan

The Jefferson Memorial Forest Master Plan was completed in 2009 as a blueprint for preservation and enhancement of the Forest over the coming decades. Some progress has been made, but much remains to be accomplished.  Click below to find out more!