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Naperville/DuPage Area “Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz”

Naperville Park District invites families and individuals to participate in the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz taking place September 12-20. To join in the BioBlitz, simply take photos of pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds, and upload them to iNaturalist, a free app. The photos will be collected and studied by ecologists from DuPage Monarch Project to get a better understanding of how pollinators are doing in our area—specifically, in parks or forest preserves that are in DuPage County (for Naperville, these include parks and preserves located north of 87th Street).

A news release from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County further explains the scope and background of the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz event.  The Forest Preserve District is co-hosting the event with DuPage Monarch Project as part of a national initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association.

Instructions for participation are included in the news release as follows:

“To participate in the BioBlitz, people should download the iNaturalist app on their phone and create an account. Participants should make sure to allow the app to use their location so it will record where their photos are taken.

To share photos in iNaturalist, participants use the iNaturalist app between Sept. 12 and 20 to take photos of pollinators they see when visiting a DuPage forest preserve or any park in DuPage County. In the app, people should select “Observe” under the camera icon and take a photo. Then select “Next.” Select Share to automatically share your photos to the BioBlitz project.”

Naperville Park District encourages the community to support pollinators, and maintains five Monarch Way Stations certified through Monarch Watch as well as many acres of native plants that provide habitat for pollinators.


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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.

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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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