Earth Week Naperville 2023

April 22, 2023 marks the 53rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. 
The 2023 theme was INVEST IN OUR PLANET.
Invest in the future of our home by acting now!
Support climate and environmental literacy!
Reduce plastic pollution!
Plant trees!
Make your Vote Count! (Local Voting)
Organize a Clean Up!
Support Sustainable Fashion!
Share your thoughts and actions at #InvestInOurPlanet and #EarthWeekNaperville

​ ​Volunteer

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One Earth Film Festival

Watch films and discussions from the 2023 One Earth Film Festival

When:             March 3-12 
Who:               All ages
Where:            Online/virtual                                                                                                                                                                                      What:              View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices
How:               Watch recordings

Arbor Day Tree Sale

City of Naperville

How:               Order online/Drive-thru pick up
            Order: March 20 - April 14 (or until all trees are sold, whichever comes first) & Pick up Sat April 22                                            Time:              8 am - 1 pm
Where:           Drive-thru pick up: Naperville Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville
What:             Select tree(s) for your yard or property; residents limited to 6 trees


Earth Day Safari

Forest Preserve District of Will County

When:            April 1 - 30, see website for hours
Who:              All ages
Where:          Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
What:             Pick up a free self-guided adventure pack backpack including safari hats, binoculars, critter containers, magnifying lenses,                           journals, reference books and more. 
How:              Free with ID

Spring Native Plant Sale

The Nature Foundation of Will County

How:               2 options - Preorder &/or In Person
When:            Online orders: April 1 - April 30; Online Order Pickup & Spring Pop-Up Sale: Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21
Time:              Sat from 9 am - 2 pm; Sun from 9 am - 12 pm
Where:           Isle a la Cache Preserve, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street) in Romeoville
What:             Native plants

Recycle Your Bicycle

Forest Preserve District of Will County

When:            April 1 - 30, see website for hours
Who:              All ages
Where:          Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Rd. in Bolingbrook
What:            Any bike, any condition, plus bike parts
How:              Free collaboration with Working Bikes

Shred Event

Naperville Police Department and Naperville Park District

When:            Saturday, April 15
Time:              8 am - 11 am (will end earlier if trucks fill up)
Where:           Centennial Beach Parking Lot, 500 Jackson Ave. in Naperville
What:             Drop off up to two boxes of documents to be shredded and recycled; up to 10 lb boxes
How:              Free

Earth Week Mini Film Festival

One Earth Film Festival & the City of Chicago

When:            April 19 -23 
Who:              All ages
Where:          Online/virtual
What:             View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices
How:              Get Tickets; Free or $8 Donation

2023 Spring Campaign Sign Recycling Event 

DuPage County Government

When:            April 21st & April 22nd 
Time:              Fri: 3 pm - 5 pm; Sat: 9 am - 12 pm
Where:           DuPage County Government campus, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton {Follow Recycling Event Signage}
What:             Recycle political and other corrugated plastic and cardboard signs for recycling plus the metal stands 
How:              Free service through Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Earth Day Festival

Forest Preserve District of Will County

When:            Saturday, April 22
Time:              12 am - 4 pm
Who:              All ages
Where:           Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Rd in Bolingbrook
What:             Live music, local artisan demonstrations on how to shrink your carbon footprint, meet some bees, visit with live animals,                                   shop with vendors, explore hands-on exhibits, make S'mores at a campfire, create a nature craft, pick up a sustainable                                     giveaway.
How:              Free, no registration required

Earth Day Fair 

Naperville Park District and Earth Week Naperville committee

When:            Sunday, April 23, 1 pm - 4 pm
Who:              All ages
Where:           Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr. in Naperville
What:             Visit with local business/organizations to learn about their sustainable initiatives & how you can be "green"
How:              Free; Stop by any time during the event hours

For an Earth Day Fair exhibitor's request form click here.


McDonald Farm Annual Plant Sale

The Conservation Foundation

How:               2 options - Preorder Plant Kits &/or In Person
When:            Preorder Plant Kits: May 5-7; Online Order Pickup & In Person Sale: Friday, May 12 & Sat. May 13
Time:              Fri from 3 - 7 pm; Sat from 8:30 am - 1 pm
Where:           McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd in Naperville
What:             Plant kits, organic vegetables and herb starts, rain barrels, and organic compost

Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale

Naperville Community Gardeners

When:            Saturday, May 13
Time:              7 am - 1 pm
Where:           Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, 811 S. West St. in Naperville
What:             Free gardening advice​ - Plants from Members' gardens - Seedlings grown by members 

32nd Annual DuPage River Sweep

The Conservation Foundation

When:             Saturday, May 20
9 am - 12 pm
Where:           County-wide (DuPage)
Self-coordinated stream cleanup held each spring
Free; Register here

Ongoing Local and Online Environmental Resources

Earth Day and Nature Related ParkTalk Podcasts

The Conservation Foundation's Environmentally Focused Videos

Earth Week Naperville Partners


Earth Week Naperville Sponsors

History of Earth Day and Arbor Day
 In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to address the dangerous environmental issues facing Americans and the environment. On April 22, 20 million Americans protested on college campuses and in city streets across the country, demanding an end to air pollution, rivers that burned, ocean oil spills and loss of wildlife species. This first Earth Day launched the passing of numerous environmental laws to protect air, land and water and prompted the creation of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in December of 1970. 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.