From our hearts, we thank all who have supported the launch of the campaign and the success of our Annual Summit.

If you didn't get a chance to join us, you can still contribute by texting "NeedNature" to 44-321 or clicking the link below. We appreciate your help in protecting our natural resources.


Nature is essential.

This is the year of “essential.” As COVID-19 progressed into a global health crisis, we are reminded just how important it is to have access to nature. Join Heartland Conservation Alliance and our partners for a family-friendly, socially-distanced adventure weekend on October 17 & 18.

  • Does our relationship with nature make a difference? Hear from community panelists who offered their perspectives at Heartland Conservation Alliance's 7th Annual Partnership Summit on Sunday, October 18, 2020. HCA is working to protect nature in Kansas City for the benefit of all. 

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    Founder & Lead Concept Specialist,

    Born and raised on the west side of the 5th district in Kansas City, Missouri, Carl studied and learned about the history of Art at the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and then worked in the educational field teaching a college connection class, digital and traditional art classes for K-8 students. In 2014 he created MY REGION WINS!, for he realized critiques and resources are vital to a Dreamer’s success. Thank you and continue to be great yes!

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    Youth Council

    Magali Rojas (she/her/ella) was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to Kansas City at the age of four. She received her Information Systems degree from Donnelly College in 2018. Ms. Rojas is employed at El Centro Inc. in the Health Navigation Department. Magali’s passion for the environment derives from the healing powers she encounters while connecting to nature. She is an advocate of diversity and inclusion, ensuring all people are served with dignity and respect. It is through her community engagement that she became involved with HCA and environmental justice. Amid the pandemic she is a part of the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program.

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    Deputy Director for Park Operations, Jackson County Parks and Recreation

    Jackson County’s award winning parks system is the third largest county parks system in the nation, covering over 21,000 acres with four lakes and 100 miles of trails. With a background in landscape architecture, Brian oversees operations, park planning and development and park safety. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Brian has lived in the Kansas City area since 2001.

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    Program Coordinator,
    Heartland Tree Alliance

    Joe is the resident “What’s this bug??” expert for BTG having graduated from Iowa State University with a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Entomology. At ISU he developed a healthy obsession with native plants, native pollinators and building a more resilient agroecosystem. An AmeriCorps VISTA position with BoysGrow brought him to KC and a position researching honey bees kept him here after his year of service. Joe is excited to get back to his roots and become more involved with the KC community and to help grow the HTA program. In his free time, he can be found playing ultimate frisbee, camping, hiking, or floating a river. 

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    Green Guard Steward

    Hello my name is Jonathan Riley. I love the outdoors; the sun, the nature, the fresh air and most of all animals. Fixing properties and home improvements are my enjoyment and a part of my business. I love walking trails, hiking, talking to strangers and cleaning up my community.

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    Community Organizer, Westside Housing Organization

    Jellie Duckworth is a Mexican-American community organizer and social and environmental justice advocate. She values a diversity of leadership and is intentional about building the next generation of multicultural leaders in the environmental movement. By building relationships, implementing ideas and nurturing coalitions, she aims to empower our most invisibilized communities. She believes in order to have equality we must first have equity, and in order to shift systems we must amplify the voices of communities who are most negatively impacted by them.

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    Executive Director,
    Kansas Land Trust

    Earlier in his career, Jerry farmed with his family in south central Kansas. He has worked with the Kansas Rural Center for two decades with sustainable agriculture. Jerry is a trained mediator and has worked with KLT since 2008.

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    Deputy Director, Kansas City Parks and Recreation

    Roosevelt D. Lyons serves as the deputy director of operations which oversees communications/development, natural resources and community services divisions. Roosevelt began his career with the city in the Office of the Mayor as a Senior Advisor for Community Engagement. He joined KC Parks in 2014 and served as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation and Manager of Recreation in the community services division. Roosevelt holds a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

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    Neighborhood and Housing Services Department Programs Specialist for Kansas City, Missouri

    Robert has been working for the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) for 3 years and has created and administered over 50 contracts with non-municipal organizations. He has worked closely with all Community Action Networking centers (CAN), reports federal grants from surrounding towns (including KCMO) for crime prevention in all aspects and organizes and operates major KCMO Council District cleanups throughout the city. Robert has a strong passion for being a public servant to the residents of KCMO.


    Rock Island Program Manager, Jackson County Parks and Recreation

    Matt Davis is a Kansas City native with a passion for community development, active transportation and conservation. As a young man, Matt could not stay away from bicycles. This pushed him toward a career focused on improving conditions for biking and walking in the Kansas City region. Matt holds a Political Science undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University and a Master of Public Administration from the Bloch School at UMKC. In his spare time, Matt serves as the Board President for Heartland Conservation Alliance and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends.


Local Food Trucks
Polar Oasis
41 Pizza


Woodland Trail Hikes
Nature Activities and Education

*The Saturday “into the woods” event was postponed due to COVID.


Exploring Roots

Henderson Engineers
Trek Bicycle of Lee’s Summit
Habitat Architects
Vista Productions
Country Club Bank
KC Water
Heart to Heart International
Urban Cafe

Each fall we gather to celebrate our partners and the work being done throughout the Blue River Watershed at our Partnership Summit. This celebration is an essential event each year because community conservation work is a long-term process where successes, big and small, can get lost in the hustle to serve our communities. It is critical that we pause to acknowledge the hard-earned accomplishments of our partners to enable future successes. 


Our Summit is and always will be free as a part of our commitment to making conservation more inclusive and accessible to all of our partners. We have seen attendance and sponsorship triple since our first Partnership Summit in 2014.

Our mission is to proactively conserve, protect and restore natural lands and open space within the Kansas City region, benefiting the community and future generations by improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities, protecting life and property, and preserving our natural and cultural heritage. We do this by collaborating with a network of public and private organizations and agencies that share our goals, values and objectives; and through public outreach and education. We are on the ground, promoting and preserving vibrant, resilient rivers and stream corridors that protect from flooding and provide beautiful places to enjoy. Our greenways are revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting a regional trail network that benefits all of the residents of our region.  

Visit Us:


Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110



(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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