Clint utilized Wilderness Park as an integral bridge in his formative years. Having lived
on the ocean, in the mountains and valleys of the Yellowstone River, he has listened to
these geographies. He feels strongly that our culture has been consumed by this
capitalist notion that you can commodify everything while it suffers a severance from its
agrarian roots and its eroding natural spaces. Places that remain apart from this
commodification must be nurtured to exist within each of us. Learning to strengthen that
connection, Clint is dedicated to fostering those bonds between our human community
and the natural one. Clint joined the FWP Board in 2018.
Adam Hintz is a Lincoln native for whom Wilderness Park has always been home. A devoted advocate of the park, he has served on the board since 2008, has taken leadership roles in the organization since 2010, and is our current board chair. Adam supports several non-profit organizations through RKD Group, a marketing firm for Nonprofits. Adam cherishes time alone in the park, staying connected to nature,and exploring with his family and friends. He sees preservation of the park as a vital responsibility to the community and to future generations.
Dan has been with the Friends since 2013. He is the acting secretary and former
treasurer of the board. A graduate of UNL’s environmental studies program, Dan has
enjoyed a career serving various public and non-profit environmental organizations,
including his work as an environmental health specialist with the Lincoln-Lancaster
County Health Department for the last decade. Dan is grateful to his father for exposing
him to the park in the 1970’s, and for impressing upon him a passion for environmental
advocacy. Find Dan in the park cycling with friends after work, or get up early on the
weekend to catch him for his regular sunrise hike.
Mark has been with the board since 2019. Originally from Duncan, Nebraska, he has lived most of his life in Lincoln, and graduated from UNL with a degree in history. An avid backpacker, Mark has long relied on Wilderness Park to satisfy the need to get outdoors without going far from home. He currently works for a local software company, helping Lincoln and other cities manage data for their parks and utilities departments.
Foster Collins has been a frequent wanderer in Wilderness Park after moving to Nebraska from the swamps and bottomland forests of his native Mississippi to work for Nebraska ETV. His first introduction to the trails came as a beginning cross-country skier, determined not to let his new home's climate keep him indoors. He has been a longtime member of the Sierra Club and Wachiska Audubon, as well as an early member of Friends of Wilderness Board. Now retired, he is often to be found on the trails with his dog Cleo. He says: “Both of my kids attended Lincoln Parks and Rec's Wilderness day camp and I enjoy introducing Lincolnites unfamiliar with the park to its charms.”
Anne King grew up exploring Wilderness Park and has enjoyed the time she spends there to help free her mind and soul from the busyness of the city. She and her son visit Wilderness at least a couple times a month to recharge. She says: “I look forward to working with the other Board members on helping to preserve and bring more of the community to Wilderness Park.”
Will Maynard grew up in Lincoln, running around the woods of Wilderness Park from a young age. He is a current graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha pursuing social work. He say: “This Board presented itself as an awesome way to apply my passion for advocacy.”
Drew Nelson moved to Lincoln from California 11 years ago and was excited to discover Wilderness Park. He has led nature hikes for school programs, has an annual Thanksgiving ritual of walking the entire park – and generally hikes the park several times a week with his wife. He says: “Wilderness Park has been the solace I’ve needed when I miss the West Coast, and has provided me hundreds of hours of enjoyment, exploration and exercise.”