JNDC is proud to have developed Park 538, between Touhy and Albion on Kedzie Avenue, into a major community asset. We’re now in our third year of sponsoring free environmental programs for nature lovers who live in the neighborhood and beyond.

This summer, we held our first-ever Urban Nature Walk and Talk, featuring talented environmental educators with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Chicago Audubon Society. They delighted more than 40 adults and kids with fun facts, key information about our water supply, pictures of local bird species, seeds for planting, and even prizes for right answers!

Our Monarch Club concluded its second season of guided meetings, exploring 538’s prairies and woodlands, and learning about pollinators, with a group field trip to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park.

The Chicago Audubon Society, for the third consecutive year, led bird and nature walks focusing on the varied migrations and changing environmental features at Park 538, to the delight of many familiar and new faces, adult and teen.

“My thanks to JNDC for creating this wonderful gem in our community (Park 538) and for partnering with Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to foster a great learning opportunity for children and families.”

Beverly Carroll, JNDC Butterfly Club
Co-leader and West Rogers Park resident