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Celebrate Earth Week Naperville April 22-28

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. The goal of Earth Week is to raise awareness about local and global environmental issues that impact Naperville and the surrounding communities.

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

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, 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. 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 Businesses and organizations interested in exhibiting at the Fair are invited to complete an application form available at

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:

City of Naperville

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Forest Preserve District of Will County
              Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Naperville Park District

North Central College

The Conservation Foundation

Boy Scouts of America

The Resiliency Institute



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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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