Earth Week Naperville Volunteer Opportunities

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Earth Week Naperville 2018
April 21-28
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Earth Day Fair
Sunday, April 22nd  12:00-4:00 P.M.
Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville IL     

FREE Family-Friendly Event
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»» LED Light Bulb Giveaway
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»» Order a Rain Barrel or a Composter

Capping Naperville’s Earth Week, join WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling, University of Illinois Professor Don Wuebbles, who is a leading scientist in the study of the Earth’s climate, and Accenture Global Environment Director Mike Nicholus for an interactive discussion and town hall, “Climate Science and Tomorrow’s Forecast.” The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Naperville Central High School Auditorium, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.  Check back on THIS PAGE on Earth Day - April 22 - for the registration link.    

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Rain Barrel Sale
When:      Happening NOW!
Where:     Place your order on line at http://upcycle-products.com/napervilleil.html  
Who:        Everyone 
What:       The City of Naperville is offering residents the opportunity to purchase a rain barrel.  Rain Barrels can be delivered to your home
                  or picked up at the Arbor Day Tree Sale Event on Saturday, April 28 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Public 
                  Works Facility, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville.

Renewal Energy Program
When:       Happening NOW!
Where:      www.naperville.il.us/sustainability
Who:         Any City of Naperville Electric Utility Customer
What:        When you enroll, clean energy from renewable resources are added to the Illinois electric grid.  The electrons generated by the renewable 
                   energy are delivered to the local electric grid, meaning less fossil fuels are used.  The additional monthly $5.00 charge to participants comes
                   from the higher production costs of generating renewable energy over using fossil fuels.  These funds help build more renewable energy projects
                   in Illinois.  This program is cost-neutral to the City. 

Take the Water Conservation Pledge
When:      Sunday, April 1, thru Monday, April 30th 
Where:     http://www.naperville.il.us/sustainability  
Who:        Anyone
What:       Mayor Steve Chirico joined mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources
                 more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.  Residents are able to make pledges
                 from April 1 - April 30, 2018.  Those who take the pledge are eligible for up to $50,000 in eco-friendly prices. 

Design a Trash Can   FILLED
When:     Saturday, April 21    8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where:    Central Maintenance Facility,  427 Martin Ave. Naperville
Who:       Three to ten volunteers.  Groups, scouts, individuals of all ages are welcome.
What:      A good project for the environmentally minded artist in you.  Paint a trash can
                 in any color and design that will support Earth Day, your school or group logo,
                 animals, shapes etc.  These trash cans will be placed in the Central Parks Division
                 parks for the community to enjoy.  Basic paints and brushes will be supplied.

Document Shred Event FILLED
When:      Saturday, April 21,   7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Where:     Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Who:        Six to eight volunteers    ages 16 years to adult
What:       Assist visitors with traffic flow, and unloading boxes/bags from cars.  
                  Four volunteers to unload from the cars  (able to lift 25 lbs)
                  Four volunteers to direct traffic
                  These volunteers will need to be able to work independently and efficiently.  Please dress for the weather and 
                  wear clothes that can get dirty.  Be a part of Earth Day and not have to dig in the dirt.  

Removing Nonnative Plants and Litter from the Parks & Prairies
When:       Sunday, April 22,   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:      Pioneer Park, 1212 S. Washington Street, Naperville
Who: 
       One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:        Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

Where:       Springbrook Prairie 29w128 83rd Street Naperville  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Who:          One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:         Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

When:        Monday April 23rd
Where: 
     Goodrich Woods, 25w505 Hobson Road, Naperville  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Who:          One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:          Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

When:        Tuesday, April 24th
Where: 
      Burlington Park, 1002 Douglas Ave. Naperville  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Who:           One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:          Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve  

When:         Wednesday, April 25th
Where:        Pioneer Park, 1212 South Washington Street Naperville  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Who:           One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:          Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

When:          Wednesday, April 25th 
Where:         Springbrook Prairie  29w128  83rd Street Naperville 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Who:            One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:           Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

When:           Thursday, April 26th
Where:          Goodrich Woods, 25w505 Hobson Road, Naperville  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Who:             One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:            Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

When:           Friday, April 27th
Where:          Burlington Park, 1002 Douglas Ave. Naperville  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Who:             One to twenty volunteers ages 8 and up
What:            Click on the link to register with DuPage Forest Preserve

Litter Picking Scavenger Hunt Locations
When:     Saturday, April 21   8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Hobson West Ponds, 1047 S. West Street, Naperville
                 Saturday, April 28   8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Wildflower Park 2122 Aurora Ave, Naperville  FILLED
                 Saturday, April 28   8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Carol Acres Park, Fort Hill Drive (meet at Wildflower)  FILLED
                 Sunday, April 29     8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Brighton Ridge, 775 Torrington Drive, Naperville
                                                                                   West Glen Commons, 467 West Glen Drive, Naperville

                 Volunteers can select the dates and times of the following parks between April 21-22nd and April 28-29th
                 
Clow Creek Greenway,  4588 Pradel Drive, Naperville  
                  DuPage River Park, 808 Royce Road, Naperville  (along Royce and Weber Roads)
                  Springbrook Parkway,  2199 Nottingham, Naperville 
Who:        One to fifteen volunteers Hobson West Ponds,  ALL AGES
                  One to twenty volunteers Wildflower and Carol Acres  ALL AGES
                  One to ten volunteers  Brighton Ridge Park  ALL AGES
                  One to twenty volunteers Clow Creek Greenway  ALL AGES
                  One to twenty volunteers DuPage River Park   ages 14 years to adult
                  One to four volunteers   ages 14 years to adult
What:       Reserve your space at the park and date from the list above.  Check in with Lynnette Hoole at 320 W. Jackson Ave 
                  get your plastic gloves, plastic bag, and scavenger hunt list.  Bring a pencil or pin, wear closed toe shoes.
                  Photos taken of the winner and posted on Instagram and the Park District Website.  

Trail  & Tree Ring Mulching
When:       Monday, April 23rd thru Friday, April 27th Day to be determined by group doing the project
Where:      Nike Park, 288 w Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:         Two to ten volunteers, ages 12 years to adult

When:       Wednesday, April 25,  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where:      Mellenium Carillon, Moser Tower, 443 Aurora Ave. Naperville
                   Visitors Center, 455 Aurora Ave. Naperville
Who:         Two to ten people, 14 years to adult

When:      Friday, April 27,  8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where:     Meadow Glen Park, 1303 Muirhead Ave. Naperville
Who:         Two to fifteen volunteers  14 years to adult

When:       Saturday, April 28,  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where:      Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville (located inside the Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave.)
Who:         Two to twelve people, ages 12 to adult

When:      Saturday April 28th or Sunday, April 29th  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  FILLED
Where:     Heatherstone Park, 3536 Fairmount Ave. Naperville, 
Who:        Ten to fifteen volunteers, all ages

What:       Volunteers will mulch small trails leading from the sidewalk to the park.  Wheelbarrows, shovels and 
                  rakes will be provided.  Volunteers should bring their own gloves, eye protection if needed, hat,  and sunscreen.
                  It is required that all volunteers wear closed toed shoes for this project.

Garlic Mustard Removal

When:       Wednesday, April 25   8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  
Where:      Veterans Park, 303 Gartner Road, Naperville, IL 
Who:         One to fifteen volunteers   12 years to adult

When:        Date to be determined by volunteers  (between the dates of April 21 - 29th)
Where:       Knoch Knolls Commons (along the creek) 323 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville 
Who:          One to ten volunteers, 12 years to adult. This is an unsupervised project. Pick up bags and gloves at 320 W. Jackson Ave.

When:       Saturday, April 28th   8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. 
Where:      Sindt Woods, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville  (this location is found inside Centennail Park, 500 Jackson Ave.)
Who:         Three to twenty people,  all ages are welcome.  This opportunity is supervised. 

When:        Date to be determined by volunteers (between the dates of April 21 - 29th)
Where:        Knoch Knolls, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
Who:           One to twenty volunteers, ages 12 years to adult. This is an unsupervised project.  Pick up bags and gloves at 320 W. Jackson Ave. 
What:         Garlic mustard is an invasive plant, easy to remove, no thorns or prickly stems.  Plastic bags and gloves will be provided.
                    Volunteers are required to wear closed toed shoes for this project.  

Planting Perennials & Mulching
When:       Tuesday, April 24th   8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  FILLED
Where:      Fredenhagen Park, East end of the Riverwalk, on Washington Street, Naperville
Who:         One to eight volunteers, 14 years to adult
What:        Plant perennials and mulching around the memorial and shrubs.  All supplies will be supplied, this is a supervised volunteer opportunity. 

When:       Thursday, April 26th   8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  
Where:      Section 8, please park in the far back of the lot located at 608 S. Washington St. Naperville
Who:         One to eight volunteers, 14 years to adult
What:        Plant perennnials and removing garlic mustard.  All supplies will be supplied, this is a suprevised volunteer opportunity.   

A Taste of Shinrin-yoku
When:       Wednesday, April 25th  5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where:      Sindt Woods,  912 Sindt Court, Naperville, IL.  Meet at the Grand Pavilion in Centennial Park, 500 Jackson Ave. Naperville
Who:          Three to fifteen participants.  Ages 12 to adult are welcome. 
What:         Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and
                    happiness.  This is a free event,  please contact Jodi Trendler to sign up for this opportunity.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Park Clean Up
When:       Sunday, April 22,   1st shift  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  
                                                 2nd shift 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where:      Nike Park, 288 w Diehl Road, Naperville
Who:         Two to six volunteers per shift, ages 13 years to adult
What:        Volunteers will help with litter picking and small amounts of weeding the flower beds in the park.

When:      Thursday, April 26,  8:00 a.m. to 11a.m.
Where:     Knoch Park, 724 S. West Street, Naperville  FILLED
Who:        Two to ten volunteers   ALL AGES
What:       Litter pick all of the Knoch Park area, pick up small sticks, sweep off playground area,  and weed playground and shrub
                  beds.  Clean the parking lot area of weeds and litter.  Plastic gloves, litter picking bags, hand trowels will be 
                  provided.  Volunteers should bring the following if needed for that volunteer, hat, eye protection, and sunscreen.  It is 
                  required that all volunteers wear closed toed shoes for this project.  

Plant a Fruit Tree Guild
When:       Thursday, April 26th  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Naperville Community Gardens
                   Saturday, April  28th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Naperville Municipal Center Main Enterance
Where:      Naperville Community Gardens, 811 S. West Street, Naperville, IL 
                   Naperville Municipal Center, 400  Eagle Street, Naperville, IL 
Who:          Two to five volunteers, ALL AGES are welcome
What:        Volunteer to help the Resiliency Institute plant a fruit tree guild to grow community food security. Please bring your own gardening 
                   gloves, hand trowel, shovel and water bottle for yourself. To volunteer for this opportunity please contact
                   Jodi Trendler   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Medication Disposal Event
When:       Saturday, April 28   10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:      Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave. Naperville
Who:         Anyone with unwanted medications
What:        Do you have unused or expired medications that need to be disposed? Bring your prescription or over the counter medications sealed in
                   plastic bags to the Naperville Police Department.  This free and easy drop off prevents these unwanted drugs from contaminating water
                   sources or being ingested by minors or animals.  Please no liquids, needles or inhalers.  

Arbor Day Tree Sale
When:        Saturday, April 28   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:       Naperville Public Works Facility, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Who:          Everyone is welcome to come see the trees and ask questions.  No volunteers are needed for this event. 
What:         The City of Naperville will again be offering hundreds of container grown trees for sale at great prices at the annual Arbor Day Tree Sale.
                   More information available:  http://www.naperville.il.us/sustainability

Whalon Lake Preserve Restoration
When:       Saturday, April 28th   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:      Whalon Lake Preserve, Royce Road, Bolingbrook
Who:         All ages and abilities are welcome. 
What:        Volunteers will remove invasive species so that native species can flourish.  Tasks may include cutting, stacking or haulding items on
                   natural surfaces.  Litter picking will be need during this event also.  All volunteer must wear closed toed shoes, work gloves and dress for the weather. 
                   To register for this event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Renee Gauchat 815-722-7364.  

DuPage River Sweep
When:        Saturday, May 19th  9:00 am to 12:00 p.m.
Where:       Various locations throughout DuPage County
Who:          All ages are welcome
What:         Individuals, families and groups are welcome to participate in the DuPage River Sweep.  Click on the website to learn more and 
                    register for this event. http://theconservationfoundation.org/page.php?PageID=10 

Sugar Creek Preserve (Joliet)
When:        Sunday, May 20    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
                    Saturday, June 9    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
                    Sunday, June 10    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
                    Tuesday, June 12   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:       Sugar Creek Preserve, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL
Who:          All ages and abilities are welcome.
What:         Volunteers will remove invasive species so that native species can flourish.  Tasks may include cutting, stacking or haulding items on
                    natural surfaces.  Litter picking will be need during this event also.  All volunteer must wear closed toed shoes, work gloves and dress for the weather. 
                    To register for this event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Renee Gauchat 815-722-7364.  

 

 

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
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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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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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