West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

The StoryWalk is Back!

It took a community to restore our StoryWalk after the sad vandalism episode. You now can walk along the south path and enjoy haiku poems and accompanying drawings in each storyboard along the way. Children from St. Phillip School, after a field trip at the Preserve, created these masterpieces. In the process, they learned about nature, writing, and art.

The StoryWalk’s return happened because the community cares. Alderman Patrick O’Conner and Green Briar Park Supervisor Tim Gibson donated sturdy stakes. Four PAC volunteers and three Starbucks volunteers repaired damaged storyboards and mounted them on stakes they had cut and pounded deep into the ground. PAC retired teacher volunteers led the field trip and the in-class follow-up.

From the beginning, all StoryWalk materials and labor have been donated. READ MORE

Tom and Gary Receive VIP Volunteer Award October 23rd

The Friends of the Park bestowed a distinct honor on two of our PAC volunteers. They are Tom Murphy, our Natural Area Site Steward and Environment Committee Co-chair, and Gary Morrissey, Education and Program Committee Chair. READ MORE

West Ridge Nature Preserve

Receives Advocacy Award

Friends of the Parks honored our Park Advisory Committee (PAC) with a Volunteer-in-the-Parks (VIP) appreciation award.

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Enjoy Our Nature Play Area

All Seasons Every Day

Explore the newly installed and ever expanding Nature Play Area in the fenced area east of pond. The area includes a walking path of raised tree slices, balance beams, a table and stools, building blocks, a teepee, and (when supervision is available) a rope swing. 

More families are using this area every day, including the picnickers in the photo below and the child in the photo to the left.

Plans are in the works to improve the design and expand the play options.