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Earth Week Naperville 2021

Earth Week Naperville 2021

Preparations are underway for our Earth Week activities. Join us in helping to celebrate the Earth and enhance our communites!

Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’re doing to celebrate Earth Day by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville.

Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefits us all!

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April 22, 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the first Earth Day. 

This year's theme is RESTORE OUR EARTH.

With lots of ways to tackle the issues of climate change, environmental justice, recycling and conservation, we encourage everyone to think globally and act locally!

Share your thoughts and actions at #RestoreOurEarth!


Ongoing Events/Programs/Activities:

Check out these Earth Day related Park District Podcasts:


When:            Anytime the park is open, sunrise to one hour after sunset

Who:              Older children and adults

Where:           Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville

What:             Learn about some sustainable features of the park and nature center and ways to be "green", along with local conservation efforts

How:              Call 630-339-3857 or visit    



When:            Anytime

Who:              Anyone

What:             Learn how to reduce food waste at home with tips on planning, food storage and meal prep!

How:              Visit      


When:          Anytime

Who:            Homeowners & businesses

Where:        Register your garden here  

What:          "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America." Information on how to create a pollinator garden can be found on their website. 


When:        Anytime; sign up for notifications

Who:          Anyone


What:        "Air quality affects how you live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and your state or local air quality agency - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!"


Confused about what can be recycled and what can't? 

Who:              Homeowners & businesses

Where:           Groot Recycling Processing Center Tours (YouTube)

Where:           Check out these recycling guides from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency    


When:        Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who:          Naperville residents; locations for other DuPage County residents; locations for other Will County residents        

Where:      Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:        See website for details; fee may apply


When:        Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Who:           Naperville residents; other locations in DuPage County 

Where:       Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville or Naperville Municipal Center lunchroom, 400 S. Eagle St.

What:         Mini-lights (Italian lights), C7, C9, rope, LED; all colors and lenghts as well as extension cords


When:          Year-round; Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Who:             All Illiniois Residents    

Where:         Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:           See website for details

How:             Follow the signs, stay in your vehicle


When:        Year Round; Wednesday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Who:          Naperville Residents; all other locations check with your city or township 

Where:      Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 

What:        See website for details


When:       Year Round; dates and times vary

Where:      5 area locations

What:        Acceptable items: clothing, sheets, bedding, towels and other household textiles in good condition but no heavily soiled items


Earth Week Naperville sponsoring partners: 




History of International Earth Day and Arbor Day

Initiated by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the first Earth Day celebration drew over 20 million participants. The holiday grew significantly over the years to the point that in 2009, the United Nations adopted a consensus resolution designating April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 as a day set aside to plant trees by J. Sterling Morton, who later served as Secretary of Agriculture to President Grover Cleveland. Today, most states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. Morton's son, Joy Morton, is the founder of the Morton Salt Company and the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre tree museum in Lisle, which is a leading center of tree science. "Plant Trees" was the Morton family motto.

Photos from 2019 Earth Week Naperville events and actvities



For all Naperville Park District projects, please click here to check the status of the project due to bad weather.  If the project is being held by one of the partner organizations, please check their website to see if there are weather delays or cancellations. Thank you.

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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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