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This Spring, Connect with Nature

This spring, do what you can to connect with nature. Studies have shown that it’s good for your health. Open a window, step outside, look for robins, splash in a puddle, enjoy the sunshine on your porch, or if possible, take a walk to your neighborhood park. Even gazing at photos or videos of beautiful nature scenes can help lift your mood and boost your immune system.
 
The Naperville Riverwalk and Millennium Carillon
Naperville Park District maintains 136 parks throughout the community with a park within walking distance for most neighborhoods. 
 
Bluebells blooming at Knoch Knolls Park – look for these in late April or early May

The Park District provides miles of trails through wooded areas, along the DuPage River, and within parks. The following guidelines for using parks or trails are from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing: 
•    Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
•    Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
•    Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
•    While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
•    Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
•    Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
•    Consult local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.

 
Trail along the West Branch DuPage River at Knoch Knolls Park. There also is an asphalt multi-use trail along the river (see map of trails at Knoch Knolls Park here) that is part of a network of regional trails.
Listen to the ParkTalk podcast episode, Nature Therapy, and view the episode website for more information about the benefits of nature for your health.


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