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S22 Episode 04: Wildflower Walks

Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman takes us on a spring wildflower walk in the woods at Knoch Knolls Park. Learn about what to look for and what makes these flowers unique.

Bluebells and mayapples at Knoch Knolls Park

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Quotes from the episode:

“One of the flowers we see here is Dutchman’s breeches. It has feathery, fern-y leaves, with a bit of a blueish tinge to them. And the flower stalk pokes up above those leaves and they look like upside-down pants. They are white at the top and then the waist area of the pants is kind of a yellow color.”- Angelique Harshman

“Here are some wildflowers that you’ll also find in the lower grove and they are called trout lilies, because if you look at the leaf, it’s speckled just like a trout. This is one where it will take 8-10 years before there are two leaves and then, once there are two leaves, there’s enough energy for the plant to send up a flower. And it’s a beautiful white flower with yellow pollen that looks like a star shape and bends down.” – Angelique Harshman

Trout lily blossom with two speckled leaves

Enjoy your own wildflower walks this spring, summer and fall

Join one of the upcoming nature walks at Knoch Knolls Park – check the current Program Guide or the Knoch Knolls Nature Center program page for the latest updates.

Try taking a walk on your own at these locations at the Naperville Park District:

  • Knoch Knolls Park – Explore the trails, both paved and unpaved, which take you through the woodlands and prairie. Stop in at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center to pick up a Spring Wildflower Guide, talk with one of our staff, and view the interpretive signs throughout the park to see photos of common wildflowers.
  • Seager Park – Follow the trails through the woods to see what’s growing there. The interpretive signs at the park picture some of the typical flowers found both in the woodlands and in the detention basin that has been planted with native plants.
  • Pioneer Park – Observe wildflowers in woodlands, wetlands and prairie, all at one park. Interpretive signs illustrate flowers in these habitats.

Check these resources to learn more about native wildflowers found in northern Illinois:


  • iNaturalist
  • Audubon Wildflowers ($)
  • Flower Pedia ($)
  • PlantSnap Plant Identification ($)


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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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