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2020 Earth Week Naperville Volunteer Opportunities


Earth Week Naperville 2020

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Special Events, Programs and Activities

 

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 closed to the public through April 30.  In addition, all Park District volunteer opportunities scheduled to take place through April 30 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 napervilleparks.org/coronavirus.

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!

 

 


REGIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

DuPage & Will Counties

New activities added daily/weekly

   

Grand Pavilion Workday

When:        Postponed, new date tbd

Who:         Ages 12, with adult, and up; up to 15 volunteers

Where:      Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Ct. Naperville, IL 60540

What:        Mulch tree rings near Grand Pavillion and surrounding area

How:         To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-864-3606.

 

Riverwalk Work Day

When:         Postponed, new date tbd

Who:           Ages 18 and up; great project for an office work group

Where:        Riverwalk between Eagle St. and Main St., Naperville IL 60540

What:          Planting, weeding and mulching of landscape along the Riverwalk

How:           To register contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-864-3606.

 

Quarry Workday

When:            Postponed, new date tbd

Who:              Ages 18 and up; up to 12 volunteers

Where:          Landscaping around the small quarry near the Carillon, Naperville

What:            Plant and mulch native species around the small quarry

How:             To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-864-3606.

 

Dandelion Dig
When:         Postponed, new date tbd
Who:           All ages; great for schools, scouts, church groups, service  hours
Where:        Knoch Park, 724 S. West St., Naperville; parking lot on West St.
What:          Pull dandelions to compete for prizes; bring a pair of gloves. Learn about the new tools available for extracting dandelions in your own yard.
How:           To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-848-36

 

Sindt Woods Workday

When:        Postponed, new date tbd

Who:           Any age (children must be accompanied by an adult); up to 25 volunteers

Where:       Sindt Woods, woodland south of Jefferson Ave in Naperville

What:         Invasive species removal with the Trailmasters

How:          To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-864-3606.

 

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

Whalon Lake Workday

When:         Saturday, Oct 3, time tbd

Who:           Any age; youth are encouraged when accompanied by a parent or guardian

Where:       Whalen Lake, Royce Road, west of Route 53/Bolingbrook Drive in Naperville

What:         Restoration of the preserve and mulching of the dog park. Check out this NCTV video about the workday!

How:          To register call 815-722-7364 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kingsley Prairie Restoration

When:         Postponed, new date tbd

Who:          All ages, great for schools, scouts, church groups, service hours

Where:       Kingsley School parking lot, 2403 Kingsley Drive, Naperville, IL 60565

What:         Cut and stack buckthorn and honeysuckle along the north end of Kingsley Prairie

How:           To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-864-3606. Bring gloves and safety glassses, if you have them. Also water. Snacks and tools will be provided. Outdoor work is weather                                                  dependent. Everyone will receive an email by 7:30 am Saturday morning with a Go/No Go message so check your email before heading out.

 

SATURDAY MAY 16

DuPage River Sweep 2020

Registration deadline - Friday, May 8

When:         9:00 am - 12:00 pm        

Where:       In and along local rivers and creeks

What:          Help "sweep our rivers clean" by picking up debris in and along the local waterways and restore nearby land back to it's natural state.

How:           Register here

 

ONGOING

Scavenger Hunt Litter Pick
When:       Postponed - can be scheduled for the group participating.   
Who:         Open to all ages; children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. This is a great activity to help your children learn about our parks, litter in our parks, and recycling. Scouts are welcome to participate in this activity as a conservation service project.

Where:      -Hobson West Ponds, 1047 S. West Street, Naperville  (meet in front of the pier)
                  -Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville  (meet in front of the Center)
                  -Other parks throughout the Park District, to accomodate the group participating
What:        Volunteers will be given a bag, list of what to find and plastic latex gloves. For those with allergies or smaller hands please bring your own gloves. The volunteer who finds everything on the list and the volunteer with the fullest bag win a prize.               
How:          To register yourself, your family or a scout troop please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-848-3606.     

                   

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER:

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 on of the partner organizations, please check their website to see if there are weather delays or cancellations.
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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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