West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District


Toddler Meet Up Group

Friday Toddler Meet Up
Offers Young Children
Outdoor Experiences

Our Toddler Meet Up group will take a hiatus over the summer. It will start again in the fall, meeting in the Nature Play Area every Tuesday morning throughout winter and spring, 9:30 - 11:30.

Designed for young children (birth - age 5),the Toddler Meet Up group is a drop-in program with a suggested weekly notification and donation.

Children, accompanied by their parents or caregivers, experience nature's beauty as the seasons change throughout the year. They also learn while playing and creating.

Emily Chiesa Klein and Karen Brennan, both trained early childhood teachers and friends of our nature preserve, lead this drop-in play group each Friday.

In addition to supporting free play, Emily and Karen offer a circle of songs, poems and a simple puppet play followed by a shared snack. And they set up a weekly nature-inspired craft. 

Most of all, they offer a chance for parents and caregivers to come together and support one another in the exciting journey of parenting/caregiving while enjoying the gifts of the forest!

To know how big of a snack to prepare, please RSVP each week by Thursday at:  sites.google.com/view/forestplaygroup-wrnp.

We suggest that you . . . 
  • Donate  $10 per family each week to cover the costs of food and supplies.
  • Bring a cup, bowl, and spoon for yourself and for your child(ren).
  • Dress in layers for the weather. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with questions about RSVPing or anything else.

West Ridge Nature Preserve is located at 5801 N. Western Ave.  There is street parking. Enter at Ardmore and Western and follow the right path to the first path that you encounter on your left.  Follow that path to the nature play area.

We look forward to joining you in the forest!
Karen and Emily - Friends of West Ridge Nature Preserve [email protected]