The Rev. Willis Black was an African American Baptist Minister. He was born in Cheyenne, WY in 1878 and was a life-long resident until his death in 1969. He built a small church in the early 1920s in the heart of the project area (902 W. 19th St.). The building still stands today but it is no longer a church.

"He was also the caretaker of my Grandparent's gardens. It was playing in these gardens as a small child that I discovered insects, snakes, squirrels, rabbits, birds and more. The naming of our community wildlife project after the Rev. Willis Black is an homage to his strong connection to the neighborhood and the wildlife habitat gardens he nurtured".

 Nancy Loomis - Project Leader

A Registered National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Project.

Located in the West Edge District, Cheyenne, Wyoming


"The Reverend Willis Black Community Wildlife Habitat Project" is the first registered community wildlife habitat project in the state of Wyoming through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).  The area encompassed in this project is the majority of The West Edge District in Cheyenne, Wy. Nancy Loomis is the Project Leader for this multi-year project. The ultimate goal is for The West Edge District to become a NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat. To reach this goal a certain number of homes, schools and common areas within the project area must become National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats. In order for a property to become certified it must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need; food, water, cover and places to raise their young. Certified Habitats must also practice sustainable gardening techniques such as reducing water usage and pesticides. Registered communities must also earn education and outreach points. You can learn more about our project by visiting Antiques Central LLC’s brick and mortar store at 2311 Reed Ave. in Cheyenne, WY and following us on Facebook and Pinterest.

The Project Area


The Rev. WILLIS BLACK Community Wildlife Habitat

​​About our Name

Create a Wildlife Habitat Today

  • Provide Food plant the right plant species to support the wildlife you want to attract 
  • Supply Water - create a water feature, supply a bird bath or plant a rain garden.
  • Create Cover - create shelter & hiding spaces by varying your habitat both vertically & horizontally
  • Place to Raise Young - provide resources to reproduce & keep wildlife going through varying stages of life.
  • Maintain Healthy, Sustainable Habitat - i.e. using less water by planting natives and mulching.

The Project

The Rev. Willis Black Community Wildlife Habitat 
is located in The West Edge District in Cheyenne, WY.  The habitat’s borders are  26th St. to the north; Missile Dr./Crow Creek to the west; the north side of the U.P. Railroad tracks to the south and Pioneer Ave. to the east.