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Earth Week Naperville April 22-28, 2019

Earth Week Naperville 2019
April 22-28

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Join us as we celebrate the third annual Earth Week Naperville featuring special events, eco-friendly initiatives and volunteer opportunities focused on sustaining and protecting our environment.

Plant and Bake Sale

When:     Saturday, May 11 from 7 am - 1 pm (or while supplies last)
Who:       All ages
Where:    Ron Ory Community Garden Plots parking lot, 811 S. West St., Naperville
What:      Native Plants, Hanging Baskets, Annuals, Vegetables, Baked goods, Help Desk with gardeners from the Naperville Community Gardeners

Build a Trellis!

When:     Saturday, May 11, 2019  9 am - 12 noon

Who:       Adults ages 18 and older.Younger volunteers can attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian

Where:    Naperville Park District Central Parks Division,  427 W. Martin Ave. Naperville
What:      Use invasive willow from our parks to build your own trellis! A sample trellis will be on display.
                Bring a hammer and a cordless drill with a small size bit, if you have one, or you may use one of our tools.Project available while supplies last.
How:       Registration required before, or the day of, the event. Contact Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 630-848-3606







DuPage County River Sweep

When:      Saturday, May 18th from 9 am - Noon
Who:        Individuals and groups are welcome to register
Where:     Various locations along the DuPage River - to be assigned when you register
What:       Volunteers will be supplied with necessary tools to do the jobs assigned of removing debris andlitter from a section of the assigned area. 
                 Supplies include technical support, snacks, water and trash pokers.  
How:         Click to register with The Conservation Foundation















Register to Volunteer

To register for an Earth Week volunteer opportunity click here

Propose a Volunteer Project

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Special Events

A Plastic Ocean  - Monday, April 22

When:      Monday, April 22nd, 6 pm - 8 pm  
Who:       All ages but most appropriate for high school and up
Where:    Smith Hall, Old Main 30 N Brainard, North Central College
What:      Come watch a documentary film discussing the way plastic has affected our oceans and some solutions to help address the issue.
How:       No registration required

Joey FineRhyme - Thursday, April 25

When:     Monday, April 22nd, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  
Who:       All ages
Where:    Koten Chapel, 329 E. School St., Naperville
What:      Chicago’s own educator and rap activist Joey Fine Rhyme (aka Joey Feinstein) will host a fun, interactive experience based on the 5 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, let it Rot and Refuse. Founder and director of Climate Cycle, an organization designed to inspire “students  to green our world,” Joey Fine Rhyme uses a pedal-powered sound system to engage his audience. Learn about how waste effects people around the world and how to practice the 5 R’s!"
How:      No registration required

Tree Planting Ceremony - Friday, April 26

When:        12 pm - 2 pm
Who:          All ages
Where:      Jefferson Plaza near Wentz Science Center, 131 S Loomis St, North Central College
What:        This past fall North Central College was accredited as an arboretum, it's time to celebrate! To commemorate, three trees will be planted on Jefferson Plaza. Come join in this celebration of our flourishing campus ecosystem. There will be snacks, a T-shirt raffle and information about our arboretum!
How:         No registration required

Arbor Day Tree Sale - Saturday, April 27
When:    8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Where:   Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive
What:     The City of Naperville will hold its annual tree sale with hundreds of container-grown trees

Rain Barrel Sale - Order Pickup - Saturday, April 27
When:     8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Where:    Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive
What:      Order a rain barrel by April 24. 
                Rain barrels can delivered to your home or picked up at the above time and location.

The Big Shred Event - Saturday, April 27
When:    8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or until truck is full
Where:   Fort Hill Activity Center parking lot, 20 Fort Hill Drive
What:     This is a free paper shredding event; limit two boxes.

Earth Day Fair - Saturday, April 27
When:    1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:   Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive
What:     This is a free indoor event featuring eco-friendly organizations and vendors.
               Enjoy children's activities | visit eco-friendly vendors | get green living tips 
               learn about the benefits of native plants | discover energy-saving everyday items
               view a rain barrel | get free native plant seeds | talk to the experts
               donate a new or like-new children's item for Cradles to Crayons - see Guidelines

Want to be an exhibitor at the Fair? Non-profits are free. Fill out an application form
The 2019 Earth Day Fair and EarthWeek Naperville is sponsored by: 


Ongoing Eco-Friendly Initiatives

City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program
City of Naperville Electric Utility customers may choose to pay an additional $5.00 per month on their electric bill to add 200 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy to the Illinois electric grid. The renewable energy is comprised of 99% wind and 1% solar energy. Learn more and sign up here.

Electronics Recycling
When:       Weekdays from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where:      City of Naperville Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive
                  Or visit other municipal locations in DuPage County or Will County 
                  Or recycle at retail businesses on this list.
What:        Recycle items on this list; fee may apply for some items

Environmental Sustainability Resources
When:      Year-round
Where:     City of Naperville website
What:       Are you looking to find the latest information about sustainability programs, projects and  initiatives sponsored by the City of Naperville? Visit our sustainability webpage regularly for current information and opportunities to be more sustainable. 

Foam Recycling  
When:        Year-round
Where:       Area locations, hours and accepted items
What:         #6 foam products 

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
When:       Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where:      City of Naperville Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive
What:        Recycle items on this list

Holiday Lights Recycling
When:      Year-round, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where:     City of Naperville Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive
What:       Mini-lights (Italian lights), C-7, C-9, rope, LED; all colors and lengths as well as extension cords

Recycling Drop-Off- Naperville Residents
When:      Wednesday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where:     City of Naperville Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive
What:       Items accepted

Solar Panel Installations
When:         Year-round
Where:        Through the CIty of Naperville
What:          Have you considered installing solar panels? The City of Naperville is participating in the SolSmart Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which helps local governments reduct barriers to solar energy growth andmake it easier for  homes and businesses to go solar. The City of Naperville is happy to assist you by offereing a streamlined permitting process and information for your consideration. Check out our solar landing page!                                                                                                 

Used Cooking Oil
When:      Year-round
Where:     Several permanent locations
What:       Liquid vegetable-based cooking oils; no animal fats (solid at room temperature)               

Earth Week Naperville is a joint initiative of the following organizations: 

City of Naperville
The Conservation Foundation
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Naperville Park District
North Central College
The Resiliency Institute
Scouting, BSA
Visit Naperville


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 the 2018 Earth Week Naperville



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Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.


Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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