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Earth Week Naperville April 18-25, 2020

Earth Week Naperville 2020

In response to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order issued March 20 for Illinois residents to “stay at home,” all Naperville Park District facilities, playgrounds, sport courts and fields and park restrooms across the community are currently closed to the public through April 30. In addition, all Park District volunteer opportunities scheduled to take place through May are cancelled, and the Earth Day Fair scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at the Fort Hill Activity Center has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 3.

At this time, the District’s 136 parks remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, a walk and some overall wellness, provided visitors practice social distancing and do not gather in groups.  For Naperville Park District program and facility updates relative to the coronavirus situation, please visit

While organized spring volunteer opportunities are on hold, we encourage our residents to support Earth Day by collecting litter in their neighborhoods and nearby areas, again, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.  Join us in helping to clean and beautify our community! Share a statement and/or photo to the Naperville Park District’s Facebook or Instagram pages showing what you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day with your family by using the hashtag #earthweeknaperville. Everything we do to support this effort individually can have a widespread impact and benefit all of us.

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April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. The year's timely theme is Climate Action.

With unlimited opportunities to tackle the issue of climate change, we encourage everyone to think globally and act locally!


Share your climate action tips at #myclimateaction

View all the Volunteer Opportunities starting in April and continuing through May! 



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Deadline:     Postponed

Who:            Area students in grades K-12

Where:         Drop off artwork Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 320 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 or email here (12Mb limit)

What:           Original 2-dimensional artwork expanding on the 50th Anniversary theme of Climate Action    

How:            TBD



(plus $0 enrollmeent fee at Fort Hill Activity Center)

Date:         Saturday, Oct 3

Time:        8 am- 11 am

Where:      20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540

What:        Bring your documents to be shredded onsite. Limit 2 boxes (cardboard or bankers boxes) or paper bags of paper, no more than 10 pounds

How:         Follow the signs, no need to leave your car, volunteers will take your paper and return your boxes/bags



Date:         Postponed until Saturday, October 3

Time:        12:00 p.m  - 3:00 p.m.

Where:      Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville, IL 60540

What:        Learn about the businesses in your community that support sustainable practices, talk to the experts, get free native plant seeds and LED lightbulbs, make a mini trellis, meet Zippy the Bee, donate new, or like new, children's items or a gently used repairable bicycle, children's actvities and more! And don't miss the presentations by local experts between 11:30 pm - 3:30 pm in Rooms 1 & 2.  

*To exhibit at the fair, download our 2020 Earth Day Fair Exhibitors Information brochure* 



Date:          Cancelled

Time:          na

Where:       Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540

What:         Get a wide variety of trees at reasonable prices

How:          na



ORDER NOW  for home delivery

Pick-up Date:        Postponed but home delivery available

Time:                     tbd

Where:                  Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540

What:                    Get a rain barrel, accessories or composter

How:                     Click here



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: 



Many thanks to our Earth Week Naperville Community Sponsors/Earth Day Fair exhibitors:



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 previous 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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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.
Core Values
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