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Celebrating Earth Week Naperville in 2020

Naperville Park District offers ideas, resources for individuals, households

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While plans to mark this anniversary have changed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Naperville Park District has resources available to help individuals in the community support Earth Day and share what they are doing.

For the past three years, Naperville Park District has collaborated with other organizations to promote Earth Week Naperville—a community-wide initiative that included volunteer projects to beautify the environment, educational sessions, an Earth Day Fair, and more. This year, the Earth Week webpage available at www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek  still is a valuable resource with event updates, information and suggested activities. 

While organized spring volunteer opportunities are on hold, residents are encouraged to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Participants can then share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what they have done to celebrate Earth Day by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville.

Residents also may find ideas for enjoying and exploring nature at the Naperville Park District’s new webpage, https://www.napervilleparks.org/naperparks2you in the Nature category and there is a special category for Earth Week activities that you can do at home, including ideas such as making a bird feeder, fixing a leaky faucet, or lowering the temperature of your hot water heater.

Additionally, the Park District posts updates explaining its environmental initiatives at www.napervilleparks.org/greeninitiatives. The most recent Sustainability Report is posted on this page, showing progress in the areas of purchasing; effective use and protection of air, water, soil and wildlife; effective use of energy resources; reduction and handling of waste, and environmental education and interpretation.


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To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

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.

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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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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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