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2019 Earth Day Fair and Earth Week Event Updates

Naperville, Ill.—The community is invited to celebrate the third annual Earth Week Naperville, which will take place the week of April 22-28, 2019. The weeklong celebration features volunteer opportunities, special events and programs focused on sustaining and protecting the environment. New exhibitors, events and volunteer projects have been added.

Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, will host a free shredding event from 8:00-11:00 a.m. (or until the truck is full) on Saturday, April 27. There is a limit of two boxes per vehicle/household. This event is offered in partnership with the Naperville Police Department.

The second annual Earth Day Fair will take place at Fort Hill Activity Center, on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The free family-friendly event will feature children’s activities, eco-friendly vendors, green living tips, energy-saving information, free native plant seeds and more. Additionally, meet and greet several of our state, local and county elected officials who plan to stop in at the fair between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Officials planning to attend include Mayor Steve Chirico, Park Board President Mike Reilly, State Representative Grant Wehrli, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit, State Senator Linda Holmes, State Senator Laura Ellman, Chief of Staff Kim Brondyke from State Representative Stava-Murray’s office, Will County Board Member Mimi Cowan and DuPage Forest Preserve District Commissioner Mary Lou Wehrli. Attendees are encouraged to bring new or like-new children’s items for Cradles to Crayons, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that assists children in need. Guidelines for donations can be viewed at

Exhibitors include Citizen Climate Lobby, the City of Naperville Water and Electric utilities, the City of Naperville Department of Public Works Fleet Services, Cradles to Crayons, Experimac, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Fox Valley Electric Auto Association, G.S. Troop 51114, Illinois Solar Energy Association,  Just Food Initiative of Fox Valley, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naper Settlement, Naperville Community Gardeners,  Naperville Park District, Naperville Public Library, Naperville Sustainability Task Force, North Central College, Norwex, Renewal by Andersen, Rose Pest Solutions,  The Conservation Foundation/Green Earth Institute, The Resiliency Institute,  Three Fires Council, - Boy Scouts of America and Visit Naperville.

Sponsors making this free Earth Day Fair possible include GROOT, WCP Solar, the City of Naperville, Naperville Park District, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Rose Pest Solutions, Visit Naperville, Ted’s Montana Grill, Norwex, Experimac and Renewal by Anderson.

The City of Naperville’s annual Arbor Day Tree sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27 at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Dr. A list of available trees and prices is available at At the tree sale, attendees can pick up pre-ordered rain barrels and composters. Orders should be placed by April 24 at Rain barrels and composters can be ordered specifying home delivery as an alternative to pickup.

Individuals and groups may sign up to help with any of the volunteer projects planned for Earth Week. A list of projects is available at To propose an additional volunteer project, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Earth Week Naperville 2019 is a joint effort among several groups, including: Accenture, the City of Naperville, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Naperville Park District, Naperville School District 203, North Central College, The Conservation Foundation, The Resiliency Institute, Three Fires Council – Boy Scouts of America, and Visit Naperville.


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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.

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