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Rx for Nature Festival Set for Aug. 12 at Knoch Knolls Nature Center

Did you know that doctors are beginning to prescribe outdoor activities as a way to boost health? Dr. Daphne Miller, a physician and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, posted an article for the National Parks Conservation Association describing why she writes nature prescriptions such as “45 minutes of exercise in a park” for her patients, either to maintain or recover their health.

With the health benefits of time spent in nature widely documented, Naperville Park District decided to host a new, free event for the community at Knoch Knolls Nature Center focusing on healthy outdoor activities. The Rx for Nature Festival will take place Sunday, August 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Nature Center and on the grounds of Knoch Knolls Park, located at 320 Knoch Knolls Road.

Those attending the event will be able to learn more from area vendors about activities including camping, dog walking, electric biking, hiking and kayaking. Fort Hill Fitness instructors will offer free mini-sessions of yoga, zumba, meditation and Shinrin-yoku. A children’s area will feature crafts, face painting, a bean bag toss game, practice with fish casting, and an obstacle course. Local conservation organizations also will share ways that people can help the environment while enjoying healthy activities in nature.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer another free festival this year at Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Knoch Knolls Park,” said Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman. “We began a tradition of inviting the public to Knoch Knolls Park for free summer events in 2015 and 2016, hosting two different nature art exhibits.  Last year’s Monarch Festival attracted more than 700 people and we expect that the Rx for Nature Festival also will appeal to a wide audience.”



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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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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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