West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

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


  • Mark Your Calendars for June 20, 3 - 9 p.m.  
Say "Hello, Summer" at our first ever community Festival. We are celebrating the grand opening of our newly built Nature Play Space.  The 20th happens to be the end of the school year and the day before summer begins. Hope to see you there. Learn more on our Activities Page. 

  • Check Out Other Upcoming Activities
You can participate in Bird Walks, Kids Fishing Clinics, Work Days , Citizen Science Monitoring, Toddler Meet-up and more. Find information on our Activities Page. 

  • Revel in Our VERY GOOD News
The Chicago Park District is working on Nature Play Space construction. Completion date: beginning of June.  Check out  News page.

  • Tick Season Is upon Us 
Ticks live in grassy, bushy areas such as nature preserves and even your own back yard.  Respect ticks, yes.  Panic, no.  Be tick smart.  Stay on paths and follow suggestions on preserve signs starting with the kiosk. You may also go to -- https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html. Thus far, ticks examined at West Ridge are Dog Ticks which are not known to carry Lyme disease. 

  • Donate to West Ridge Nature Preserve
 Click on the YELLOW donate button at bottom of page.