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.


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


  • 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. 

  • Congratulations to Our New Officers  
A special thanks to members who voted on-line or at the January PAC meeting. The officers for 2020 are:  Martha Alexakos, President; Tim Later, Vice President; Jim Hanna,Treasurer; Mary Gallagher, Secretary; and Evie Moran, Assistant Secretary. 

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

  • Check Out  Upcoming Activities
Nature Nights at Budlong Library and the Nature Play Group Continue. Bird walks begin in February. Nature Walks and Work Days begin in March. Get the details for   March and February on our Activities 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.