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


  • Have a Stake in the Preserve's Future  
What does the future hold for West Ridge Nature Preserve PAC activities and outreach? Help guide and shape this future by becoming a PAC officer. Come to our meeting on Monday, November 18, at Green Briar Field House, 7:00 p.m. and take part in the nomination process.  All positions are open: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Election is in January.

  • See Story about Nature Play Space Opening   
June 20th has come and gone and we're reliving happy memories of that special festival day and the official opening of our Nature Play Space. Read the story and view photos on our News Page. 

  • Check Out Upcoming Activities
In September, you can participate in a Nature Walk, Work Day, Kids Fishing and the weekly Nature Play Day for little ones.  Find information on our Activities 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.