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2019 Earth Week Naperville Volunteer Opportunities

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Earth Week Naperville 2019
April 22-28
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Scavenger Hunt Litter Pick
When:       Flexible:  Can be scheduled for the group participating.   
Who:         Open to all ages;  Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by a parent.
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)
                  Parks throughout the Park District - to accomodate the group participating
What:         Volunteers will be given a bag, list of what to find, plastic glove. The volunteer with everything on the list and the volunteer with the fullest bag will win prizes.The gloves are latex for those with allergies or smaller hands please bring your own gloves. This is a great activity to bring your children out to learn about our parks,litter in our parks, and recycling. Scouts are welcome to participate in this conservation service project.
How:          To register yourself, your family or a scout troop please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-848-3606.

APRIL 22

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up

When:       Monday, April 22, 4 pm - 6 pm
Who:         Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
What:        Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter or remove invasive plants.
How:         Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of
                  five or more. 

APRIL 23

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up
When:       Tuesday, April 23, 4 pm - 6 pm
Who:         Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      Burlington Park Forest Preserve, Naperville
What:        Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter or remove invasive plants.
How:         Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance
                  (10 days by phone for groups of five or more.)                                                                         

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday 
When:      Tuesday, April 23 from 8 am - 12 pm
What:        Individuals or groups
Where:     Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Homer Glen
What:       Help with trail maintenance and other projects 
How:        Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

APRIL 24

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up
When:        Wednesday, April 24, 4 pm - 6 pm
Who:          Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:       Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville
What:         Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter.
How:           Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance
                    (10 days by phone for groups of five or more).

APRIL 25

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up

When:       Thursday, April 25, 4 pm - 6 pm
Who:          Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
What:        Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter or remove invasive plants.
How:          Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more).

APRIL 26

Tree Planting Ceremony

When:       Friday, April 26, 12 pm - 2 pm
Who:         All ages
Where:     Jefferson Plaza near Wentz Science Center, 131 S Loomis St, North Central College
What:       This past fall North Central College was accredited as an arboretum; it's time to celebrate! To commemorate, three trees will be planted on Jefferson Plaza. Come join in this celebration of our flourishing campus ecosystem. There will be snacks, a T-shirt raffle and information about our arboretum!
How:        No registration required

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up
When:       Friday, April 26, 4 pm - 6 pm
Who:         Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      McDowell Grove Forest Preserve
What:        Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter or remove invasive plants.
How:         Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more).                                                                                                                                                                                      

APRIL 27

The Big Shred Event
When:       
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Who:         
10-20 volunteers ages 16 years to adult
Where:     
Fort Hill Activity Center, parking lot, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
What:        
Volunteers must be able to life 20 lbs at a time. Volunteers must be able to communicate clearly in English. Volunteers will help unload the items to be shredded from the vehicles; some will direct traffic in the parking lot. All volunteers will be issued yellow safety vests to wear during this volunteer event. Volunteers should dress for the weather, as this will go in all weather. Please bring your own gloves. Be part of the Earth Day Naperville and get service/conservation hours. This is a great opportunity for scouts and families interested in the Earth Day events.

 How:         To register for this event please email Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday
When:       Saturday, April 27 from 8 am - 12 pm
Who:         Individuals or groups
Where:      Whalen Lake, Naperville 
What:        Wood Chipping; dress for outdoor work and weather (long pants and sturdy shoes
How:          Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design a Trash Can in Your Community
When:       Saturday, April 27th,  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Who:        Any individual or group that would like to participate, young children should be supervised by an adult
Where:     Naperville Park District Central Parks Division, 427 W. Martin Ave. Naperville
What:       All materials are provided for this project.  Volunteers will come dressed to paint, bring an idea of what your
                design will be.  This will be done in the shop area so there will be protection from the rain, yet it might be chilly. 
                This is a great project for a budding artist or a group of scouts.  Sign up early so you are sure of getting a can 
                to paint.  
How:        To register for this event please email Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Volunteer Restoration Workday
When:     
 Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 12 pm
Who:         
Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:     
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
What:     
 Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing non-native plants. 
How:        Register online or register by phone call 630-206-9630

Volunteer Workday at the Nursery
When:       Saturday, April 27, 8 am - 11 am
Who:         Ages 12 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      Blackwell Nursery, Blackwell Forest Preserve, West Chicago
What:        Lend a hand weeding, watering or collecting and cleaning seed.
How:         Register online or register by phone call 630-206-9630.

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday 
When:      Saturday, April 27 from 8 am - 12 pm
What:       Individuals or groups
Where:    Whalon Lake, Naperville
What:       Help with trail maintenance and other projects 
How:        Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

APRIL 28

Volunteer Restoration Workday
When:       Sunday, April 28, 9 am - 12 pm
Who:         Ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult
Where:      Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
What:        Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing non-native plants. 
How:         Register online or register by phone call 630-206-9630.

May 1

Dandelion Pull
When:     Wednesday, May 1, 6 pm - 8 pm
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 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 5

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday 
When:      Sunday, May5 from 8 am - 12 pm
Who:        Individuals or groups
Where:    O'Hara Woods Preserve, Romeoville
What:      Help with trail maintenance and other projects 
How:       Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           

May 7

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday 
When:     Tuesday, May 7 from 8 am - 12 pm
Who:        Individuals or groups
Where:     McKinley Woods, Channahon
What:       Help with trail maintenance and other projects 
How:        Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           

May 11

Forest Preserve Volunteer Workday 
When:     Saturday, May 11 from 8 am - 12 pm
Who:       Individuals or groups
Where:    Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve, Monee Township
What:      Help with trail maintenance and other projects 
How:       Register by calling Renee Gauchat at 815-772-7364 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                                                                                                                                                          

May 18 

River Sweep
When:     Saturday May 18, 9 am - 12 pm
Who:       Individuals and groups
Where:    Various locations throughout DuPage County
What:      Help clean-up and restore our local waterways
How:       Register online at www.conservationfoundation.org/sweep or contact Jan Roehll at 630-428-4500 x 121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                   

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Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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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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