West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Our Committees Want YOU:
Help, Plan, Belong

Education and Program Committee
Can you envision helping others embrace our urban wilderness? This committee creates and oversees activities that promote knowledge about natural habitats, especially ours. Maybe you care about introducing children to the joys of playing, experiencing and learning in nature. Maybe you care about adult learning. Many opportunities exist for involvement with Family Nature Days, the Nature Play Area and StoryWalk and with development of new activities and programs. We also need people to solicit and guide teacher groups, school field trips and nature organization outings. Please sign up on the Contact Page under Education.

Nature Play Area Committee

Do you believe that outdoor nature play helps children thrive physically, mentally and creatively? Our new Nature Play Area Sub Committee and its teams do. And research supports it. Our sub-committee received the go-head from the Nature Oasis Program of the Chicago Park District to proceed with our plan. Our volunteers will fund, build and install the smaller features. Also, the park district requires us to cover their contractors' cost for designing, constructing and installing the larger features. We are at the place where the rubber hits the road! While all of our teams are crucial, the Fund Raising Team (grant writing, donor cultivation and special events) is a top priority. Other teams include Construction, Communications and Volunteers. We also need a Team Secretary. The project is an enormous one with many aspects happening at once. Click here to volunteer for construction and/or other support or sign up on the Contact Page under education.
Environment Committee
Do you have a passion for environmental issues and a practical interest in clearing, weeding and planting? This committee focuses on protecting our nature preserve’s wildlife habitat. We advocate for and work toward enhancing its biodiversity. At the same time, we embrace the environmentally sensitive use of the area for viewing, walking, meditating, learning, bird watching and dock fishing. Our PAC stewards, both master naturalists, oversee our monthly volunteer PAC Work Days and On-site Observation efforts. Our involvement in monitoring endangered species is part of area-wide data collection efforts. Please sign up on the Contact Page under Environment.
Promotion, Publicity and Communication Committee
How about those of you who love connecting with others – creating and sharing information, encouraging participation and involvement, keeping everyone in the loop? This committee informs PAC members, surrounding community groups, the press, and key governmental agencies of our activities and volunteer need. Help us identify new people to contact and new ways to spread the word. Contribute to one of our existing communication vehicles: fliers, e-blasts, a website, a Facebook page and an on-site kiosk. Coordination of information and consistency of message are priorities. Please sign up on the Contact Page under Promotion, Publicity & Communication.

Resource and Development Committee

Are you someone who likes to search for resources and loves to write? This committee finds funds and material donations that meet our PAC's plans, goals and needs  The Chicato Park District gives us help but as a PAC we raise our own money for programs and improvements. Help us identify grant opportunities and get background  information on local companies. Maybe try your hand at writing a grant or developing a rationale for why the local community should support us. Or sit around with other PAC members and chat while we stuff envelopes. Please sign up on the Contact Page under Resource and Development.