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Earth Day Fair Set for Sunday, June 27 at Knoch Knolls Park

The annual Earth Day Fair is set for Sunday, June 27 at Knoch Knolls Park from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This free, outdoor event will feature eco-friendly vendors and organizations offering hands-on activities, tips on saving energy, giveaways, information about growing native plants and more. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and share information about many different environmental topics.

The Earth Day Fair was first held at Fort Hill Activity Center in April, 2018 as part of Earth Week Naperville, a community-wide initiative spearheaded by Park District Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole.

“We asked businesses, schools, organizations and individuals to share events and projects that highlight their support of the environment,” Hoole said. “We hoped that Earth Week would become an annual event that showcases all of the wonderful environmentally-friendly activities that Naperville has to offer.” 

The 2020 Earth Week and Earth Day Fair were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021, with Illinois still in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, Earth Week Naperville activities were limited to volunteer projects, a rain barrel and composter sale and promotion of initiatives such as electronics recycling. The Earth Day Fair was scheduled for June instead of April so that the event could be held outdoors.

 Earth Week Naperville and the Earth Day Fair are organized by a coalition of local organizations including Naperville Park District, the City of Naperville, Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204, North Central College, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Forest Preserve District of Will County, The Conservation Foundation, The Resiliency Institute and the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force.

Knoch Knolls Park is located at 336 Knoch Knolls Road. Parking is available on site, along Knoch Knolls Road and at The Conservation Foundation, located at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, across the street from Knoch Knolls Park.

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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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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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