West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

 

Pack in as Much Outdoor Time as You Can!

Our Nature Preserve's Free Offerings

Reach Their Peak in August.

 

August at the Preserve*

 
 
Kids Fishing Clinics
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  Wednesday
Aug. 1
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
  Sunday
Aug. 12
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  Wednesday
Aug. 22
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
New Nature Walks
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  Friday
Aug. 3
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  Sunday
Aug. 5  
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
New Jr. Naturalists Program
*First half at Budlong Library; second half at Preserve 
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  Thursday
Aug. 9
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Thursday
Aug. 16 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Thursday
Aug. 23
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  Thursday
Aug. 30
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Stewardship Workday
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   Saturday
Aug. 18
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Singing Insect Monotoring 
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  Monday 
Aug. 20
7:45 p.m.
Family Nature Day
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  Saturday
Aug. 25 
11 p.m.- 1 p.m.

September at the Preserve

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Kids Fishing Clinics
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   Saturday
  Sept. 1
 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Stewardship Workday
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   Saturday
 Aug. 15
 10 a.m. - noon
Family Nature Day 
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  Sunday
  Aug. 23
 11 am - 2 p.m.

Here Are a Few Favorites

For fishing enthusiasts, we offer three Kids Fishing Clinics in August aimed at children over five. The clinics include equipment and expert instruction.

For citizen scientists, August is a key month to begin collecting data on singing insects. New volunteers are always welcome. Ongoing bat monitoring will continue using our echolocation equipment.  Schedule to be announced.


For outdoor-loving families, our August 25 Family Nature Day will focus on pond life as you collect, examine and create. Note: The last Family Nature Day of the season takes place on Sunday, September 23.


For children ages 6 to 12, we have launched a new Junior Naturalist program in collaboration with Budlong Library.  Each session begins at the library, continuing at the preserve with related hands-on and observational activities.

Read More about Our PAC Sponsored and Self-Directed Activities

Nature Preserve Flowers

You already can see flowers emerging all around the nature preserve. As the season progression, we expect to enjoy a full progression of colorful blooms.


Last fall and this spring, thanks to the Chicago Park District and volunteers, we planted approximately 2,000 wildflower plugs and another 1,200 plants throughout the preserve.


(See woodland flower samples)