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Protect and Enjoy the River Wildlife

As enchanting as it can be for children to throw crumbs of bread to ducks on the river, the word is out that feeding ducks and other wild birds can damage their health and their habitat.

The Park District has produced a pocket card about ducks and other river wildlife with a link to more information on the District’s website. Park Police will be handing out the cards while they patrol the Riverwalk; cards also are available at the Park District Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Ave.

“As a community agency we wanted to provide some practical information to help parents and children understand that they can best protect and enjoy the ducks, geese, herons and other wildlife on the DuPage River by letting them seek their own food,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Sameera Luthman.

Some of the benefits of refraining from feeding the waterfowl include the following:   

  •         The waterfowl stay healthy by eating a varied diet
  •         It prevents overcrowding and aggression among the waterfowl
  •         Young fowl are protected from predators attracted to human food
  •         The river stays cleaner

Learn More about Wild Ducks and Other Waterfowl

Top 5 reasons not to feed wild ducks and other waterfowl:

See photos of common species of ducks:

Additional photos of  waterfowl in Illinois and North America:

Learn about what wild ducks eat:

Learn about mallards:

More cool facts about mallards:

How You Can Help Keep the River Clean

Volunteer  with the Naperville Park District for spruce-up days or other projects:

Prevent water pollution by managing stormwater at home:

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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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