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Earth Week Naperville offers special events and volunteer opportunities

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  • Bluebells blooming at Knoch Knolls Park in the Lower Grove picnic area.Naperville Park District

    Bluebells blooming at Knoch Knolls Park in the Lower Grove picnic area.Naperville Park District

Sue Omanson, Naperville Park District

Naperville residents, groups and businesses are invited to participate in events and projects. Earth Week Naperville is a joint effort among the following organizations:

City of Naperville

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Forest Preserve District of Will County

Indian Prairie School District 204

Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation

Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Naperville Park District

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

North Central College

The Conservation Foundation

The Morton Arboretum

Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America

Earth Week includes both community events and volunteer projects that are open to interested groups or individuals and will promote Earth Day themes and environmental stewardship. A list of volunteer opportunities and events can be found at

Examples of special events are the April 22 Ribbon Cutting for the City's Pollination Station and the Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 29. Examples of volunteer projects include litter picking, mulching landscape beds, and pulling garlic mustard.

A special Earth Week opportunity at Knoch Knolls Park is a new eco-themed mobile tour that will be available April 22 at Additionally, visitors can explore the new segment of the DuPage River Trail, which leads to the confluence of the East and West Branches of the DuPage River at Knoch Knolls Park. The trail, called Segment 5, was installed in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of Will County in fall 2016. Enjoy the beauty of the Virginia Bluebells now in bloom in the woodlands along the trail (south of the river) and in the Lower Grove picnic area (north of the river).

Most Earth Week activities take place between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. the week of April 22-29. Times vary for each project or event.

Earth Week activities will take place in the Naperville area in a variety of locations including Naperville Park District parks, DuPage Forest Preserve District preserves, Will County Forest Preserve District preserves, The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm, North Central College and the City of Naperville.

Earth Week is an opportunity for the entire community to work together to benefit our environment, learn more about what different organizations are doing, and be inspired to continue environmental stewardship for the rest of the year.

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