Wood Lake was once a recreational lake, surrounded by homes, but in 1969, Richfield’s City Council approved the conversion of Wood Lake into a nature center. One of the first urban nature centers in the U.S., Wood Lake Nature Center features wetlands, walking paths, and an interpretive center. Bird monitoring programs that integrate conservation, ecological research, environmental education, capacity-building, and income generation have been found to be cost-effective tools in achieving the goals of community-based biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in the developing world (Şekercioğlu, 2012). With Richfield’s median annual income being less than the US average, access to the park by K-6 Richfield Public School students, who visit three times a year, promotes environmental justice and stewardship in the community. This partnership is made possible by the annual Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K.