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7 Ways You Can Be Greener in 2016

April 22 is Earth Day, a perfect time to think of ways to appreciate nature and our natural resources. Here are a few ideas to help you be greener in 2016.

1. Gather a few friends, co-workers or neighbors to volunteer for an hour or two in a park.

2. Sign up for a Nature Program at Knoch Knolls Nature Center,

3. Purchase a rain barrel and/or compost bin for your home or business through The Conservation Foundation. If you order soon, you can arrange to pick up your rain barrel at the City of Naperville's Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 30. Home delivery also is available all season.


  4. Plant a few native plants in your garden.  Learn more about native plants by visiting the Idea Gardens at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots or attending a free workshop on May 7 about gardening with native plants.

5. Help protect river wildlife by letting ducks feed naturally. Engage your kids in watching ducks dive for food, take photos and learn more about ducks online or in books.


   6. Enjoy nature this spring and summer by taking a walk or a bicycle ride along one of the many trails in our parks.


  7. Join others in the community in adopting a park, trail, or field.


    We would love to hear what you are doing to care for our environment. Feel free to comment below or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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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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