West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Above in 2015: West Ridge Nature Preserve's September grand opening.

Now in 2020: Celebrating five years of flourishing flora, fauna and programs this fall.

We Strive to Protect and Enhance

the Native Biodiversity of the Preserve

for People and Wildlife.

Our Members and Volunteers

Advocate, Educate and Work. 

Preserve Walk-in Entrance at 5801 N Western Ave

(Intersection of Ardmore & Western)

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset


  • Join the March Focus on Climate Change

One Earth Film Festival comes to Chicago, including "Hike the Divide" shown at Truman College Technical Theater Building, March 12, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., 1145 W. Wilson Ave. We'll be there with a special theme related display. To register, go to oneearthfilmfest.org. Also listed are the dozens of climate related films shown throughout the Chicago area in March. Become part of the Power of We. Admission free. Donation of $8 suggested.

  • Check Out Our March and April Activities

Next Nature Walk is Saturday, March 21. Next Bird Walk is Sunday, March 22. Nature Nights at Budlong Library and the Nature Play Group Continue. Get the details for all of March and April on our Activities Page.

  • Have You Tried Out Our New Benches?

Wooden benches, provided by the Chicago Park District, are the newest addition to the preserve. See photo and read about them on the News Page

  • Become Part of the PAC

Many activities, programs and events are in the works. Want to contribute? Express an interest on Contact Page.   

  • Stay Tuned for June and September Event News  

Our Education and Program Committee recently proposed celebrating 1) the end of school and beginning of summer in early June and 2) our preserve's fifth anniversary in mid September. Stay tuned as plans evolve. In the meantime relive memories of last year's Hello Summer Festival, on our News Page.   under "News from the Past."

  • Donate to West Ridge Nature Preserve

 Click on the YELLOW donate button at bottom of page.