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S3 Episode 02: Honey Bees and Native Bees

Entomologist Brittany Buckles explains how and why to protect both honey bees and native bees. Brittany served as the beekeeper for the honey bee hives at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in 2017 and then worked with the US Fish and Wildlife's rusty patched bumble bee protection and recovery project in the Chicagoland area.

This episode is part of Series 3: Celebrating Earth Day. For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit

Brittany Buckles at the honey bee hives at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 2017. 

2 Ways You Can Help the Bees

In the podcast interview, Brittany mentioned two ways that the average person can help support both honey bees and native bees that together, are responsible for pollinating 1 out of every 3 bites of food that we eat. 

1. Plant a variety of native plants at home. Illinois residents can try black-eyed susans, purple coneflower, bee balm, clover, etc.Online resources:

2. Use Integrated Pest Management to reduce pesticide use. Online resources:

If you need help identifying an insect pest in your garden, you may email Brittany at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about the Naperville Park District's green initiatives, including planting native plants for pollinators, visit the Green Initiatives page at


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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.

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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.
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Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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