West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Our StoryWalk Combines Love of Reading

With the Pleasure of Walking in Nature

 

Follow our StoryWalk path, reading page by page as you go. The 12 child-level kiosks feature ever changing story books with illustrations and sometimes local children’s writings with drawings.


You can find the StoryWalk by entering the nature preserve’s front gate, walking past the sculptures and turning right at the first path you see. Not only will you enjoy the stories and illustrations but also the walk through the oak woods and grassy savanna that leads to the Nature Play Area.

The content of the StoryWalk varies with the seasons and Family Nature Day themes. The appeal and level are perfect for parents to read to young children and for older children to read by themselves. Currently, the featured story is Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.
Our volunteers funded, built and maintain the StoryWalk, based on an idea from Anne Ferguson of Vermont. She wanted to increase early literacy, physical activity and family time in nature. And so do we.