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.