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The North Park Village Nature Center, a WRD Environmental project

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North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, IL

Client Profile
The Chicago Park District's North Park Village Nature Center features a 46-acre nature preserve and educational facility situated within the 155-acre North Park Village campus. It gives visitors an opportunity to interact with and learn about wildlife and natural resources in an urban setting.


  • Create a landscape identity for the nature center’s front entrance
  • Design and execute a master plan that demonstrates and teaches visitors about prairie, savanna and wetland

Sample Results

  • Converted 2 ½  acres of asphalt and turfgrass into ecosystem demonstration areas
  • Designed and managed installation of a landscape at the front of the nature center that is a microcosm of the 40-acre natural area behind the nature center
  • Developed trails and interpretive signage throughout the site
  • Helped increase annual nature center attendance from 6,000 pre-construction to over 60,000
  • Provided opportunities for education and community workshops promoting Chicago’s environmental agenda
  • Recognized by Chicago Wilderness and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with a Conservation and Native Landscaping award

Learn more about the North Park Village Nature Center.

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Signage at North Park Village enables wayfinding and interpretation.

A sunning turtle is just one example of the abundant wildlife at North Park Village.