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Earth Week Naperville 2022

Earth Week Naperville 2022

Join us in helping to celebrate the Earth and enhance our communites!

Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’re doing to celebrate Earth Day by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville.

Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefits us all!

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April 22, 2022 marks the 52nd anniversary of the first Earth Day. 

This year's theme is INVEST IN OUR PLANET.

Invest in the future of our home by acting now!

 Help fight climate change!

Promote environmental justice!

Encourage plastic manufacturers to recycle their products!

Get involved in local conservation issues!

Become a Citizen Scientist!

Think globally and act locally!

Share your thoughts and actions at #InvestInOurPlanet

2022 Special Events & Sustainable Programs:

More events to be added as they are scheduled


30 x 30 Conservation Task Force - Make your voice heard!

When:      Listening sessions taking place now; or students can take a survey that will be reviewed by the task force 

Who:        Children, Teens and Adults of Illinois

Where:     Online around the state

What:       Task force mission is to "advise on the establishment of a bold goal for protecting the natural lands and waters of Illinois, holding listening sessions

                 across the state and developing a report to the Governor and General Assembly by July 1, 2022." This initiative was started by high school students in

                 Pontiac, IL!

How:        Visit the website


ONE EARTH FILM FESTIVAL - sign up to be notified about next's year's line up and see this week's Mini Film Fest below!

When:            Annual film festival, March 4-13, 2022

Who:              All ages

Where:           Online

What:             View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices

How:              Get Tickets Now; Free or $8 Donation



When:            Mini Fest, April 18-24, 2022

Who:              All ages

Where:           Online

What:             View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices

How:              Get Tickets Now; Free or $8 Donation



When:            Saturday, April 16, 8 am - 11 am

Where:           Back parking lot of the Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville

What:             Drop off up to two boxes of documents to be shredded (or until the truck fills)

How:              Stop by any time during the above hours 


ARBOR DAY TREE SALE - pick up, for previously ordered trees, is this weekend!

When:            Order: Online, March 1, 8 am - April 15, 5 pm

                       Pick-up:  Schedule a socially distanced, drive-through pick up time for Saturday, April 23, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where:           Naperville Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville

What:             Select tree(s) for your yard or property; residents limited to 6 trees


EARTH DAY FAIR - this weekend!

When:            Sunday, April 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who:              All ages

Where:           Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville

What:             -Visit with 30 local business and organizations to learn about their sustainable initiatives and how you can be more "green"

                       - Attend up to 6 presentations by local experts

                       - Listen to 2 State Legislatures address sustainability initiatives in Illinois

How:              Stop by any time during the above hours 




Ongoing Sustainable Programs/Projects:

Citizen Science Projects - help collect data and provide it to scientists


Check out these Earth Day related Park District Podcasts:


When:            Anytime the park is open, sunrise to one hour after sunset

Who:              Older children and adults

Where:           Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville

What:             Learn about some sustainable features of the park and nature center and ways to be "green", along with local conservation efforts

How:              Call 630-339-3857 or visit    



When:            Anytime

Who:              Anyone

What:             Learn how to reduce food waste at home with tips on planning, food storage and meal prep!

How:              Visit      


When:          Anytime

Who:            Homeowners & businesses

Where:        Register your garden here  

What:          "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America." Information on how to create a pollinator garden can be found on their website. 


When:        Anytime; sign up for notifications

Who:          Anyone


What:        "Air quality affects how you live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and your state or local air quality agency - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!"


Confused about what can be recycled and what can't? 

Who:              Homeowners & businesses

Where:           Groot Recycling Processing Center Tours (YouTube)

Where:           Check out these recycling guides from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency    


When:          Year- round; weekly

Who:            Naperville Residents

What:           Yard Waste Carts/Organics Recycling - Standard yard waste and compostable food scraps such as fruits, vegetables, pastas, breads, crackers, and

                     cereals. Meat products and/or bones are not accepted at this time.  

Where:         Curbside pick up with a designated cart

How:            To order a yard waste/food scraps cart, call Groot at (630) 892-9294



When:        Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who:          Naperville residents; locations for other DuPage County residents; locations for other Will County residents        

Where:       Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:         What Can and What Can't be Recycled; fee may apply

How:          Follow the signs, stay in your vehicle


When:        Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Who:           Naperville residents; other locations in DuPage County 

Where:        Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville 

What:          Mini-lights (Italian lights), C7, C9, rope, LED; all colors and lenghts as well as extension cords


When:          Year-round; Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Who:             All Illiniois Residents    

Where:         Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:           What's Accepted and What's not Accepted

How:            Follow the signs, stay in your vehicle


When:        Year Round; Wednesday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Who:          Naperville Residents; all other locations check with your city or township 

Where:      Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:        Residential materials only - Recyclable Items


When:       Year Round; dates and times vary

Where:      7 area locations

What:        Acceptable items: clothing, sheets, bedding, towels and other household textiles in any condition but no heavily soiled items


Earth Week Naperville partners: 


Earth Week Naperville Sponsors:




History of International Earth Day and Arbor Day

Initiated by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the first Earth Day celebration drew over 20 million participants. The holiday grew significantly over the years to the point that in 2009, the United Nations adopted a consensus resolution designating April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 as a day set aside to plant trees by J. Sterling Morton, who later served as Secretary of Agriculture to President Grover Cleveland. Today, most states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. Morton's son, Joy Morton, is the founder of the Morton Salt Company and the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre tree museum in Lisle, which is a leading center of tree science. "Plant Trees" was the Morton family motto.

Photos from 2019 Earth Week Naperville events and actvities



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