Our first Forest Play Group, designed for young children (birth - age 5), gathers in our Nature Play Area on Friday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30. This 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!
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
Annual Christmas Bird Count Sponsored by Audubon Society
As many of you ardent bird watchers know, our region's annual Christmas bird count takes place all day on Sunday, December 16. The sites are our Nature Preserve along with Warren Park and Graceland Cematary.
Simply go to any of those sites at any time during the 16th, keeping a list of the species you see and in what numbers. Then email your results to email@example.com. Jeff will be tabulating "high counts" and reporting the date to our region's compiler.
Check your calendars and, if possible ,let Jeff know if you can co er any or all of these sites and, in general, a what times. He will try to get a few groups together.
Most bird watchers should be expert enough to carry out this task. But if you need more information contact Jeff at the email above.
Raise Your Hand for Continuing Support of Nature Play Area !
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