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2020 Earth Week Naperville Volunteer Opportunities

Earth Week Naperville 2020
April 22-28
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DuPage & Will Counties

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Dandelion Dig
When:         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 Lynnette Hoole or call 630-848-3606

APRIL 18   

Grand Pavillion Workday

When:        8:30 am - 11:30 am

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 Lynnette Hoole or call 630-864-3606.



Riverwalk Work Day

When:         8:00 am - 11:00 am

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 contact Lynnette Hoole or call 630-864-3606.



Quarry Workday

When:            8:00 am - 11:00 am

Who:             Ages 18 and up; up to 12 volunteers

Where:         Landscaping around the small quarry near the Carillon

What:           Plant and mulch native species around the small quarry

How:            To register contact Lynnette Hoole or call 630-864-3606.



Sindt Woods Workday

When:         8:30 am - 11:30 am

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

Where:       Sindt Woods

What:         Invasive species removal with the Trailmasters

How:          To register contact Lynnette Hoole or call 630-864-3606.



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 contact Lynnette Hoole or call 630-848-3606.     



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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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.


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.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
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
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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