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Knoch Knolls Nature Center to Host Two Free Workshops in March 15 & 29

Naperville Park District’s Knoch Knolls Nature Center invites families and individuals to participate in two free workshops in March.

Residential Landscape Design
Sunday, March 15 from 1:00-2:00 pm

Improve curb appeal and increase the value of your home with this session that focuses on the principles of art as applied to landscape design. Discussion will include considerations to factor in when selecting plants and placing them in the landscape, along with advice for any personal landscape dilemmas. Program is free but registration is required.

Establishing and Maintaining Your Lawn
Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-2:00 pm

In search of the "perfect" lawn? Learn how to establish, renovate, and maintain your lawn. Proper fertilization, watering, mowing and pest management practices for a healthy lawn will be presented. Program is free but registration is required.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center offers other free and low-cost nature activities during the month of March for kids, families and adults, including the following:

  • On March 8 and 22, the Nature Center will host free Nature Discovery Days from 1:00-4:00 p.m. with the theme “Wild Weather.” These are free, drop-in programs with no registration required.
  • On March 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., Family Nature Nights will focus on coyotes, with both indoor activities and a hike. Register at
  • Groups interested in a free tour of the Nature Center may contact Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman at 630-864-3962 to arrange a time.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center will begin its regular (spring through fall) hours on March 1, which are: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Winter hours are: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


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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.

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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