Naperville to celebrate 51st annual Earth Day with Earth Week activities

  • Naperville's Knoch Knolls Nature Center will be the site for the 2021 Earth Day Fair on Sunday, June 27.

    Naperville's Knoch Knolls Nature Center will be the site for the 2021 Earth Day Fair on Sunday, June 27. Courtesy of Naperville Park District

 
 
Updated 4/16/2021 9:50 PM

The community is invited to celebrate Earth Week Naperville in 2021 by participating in volunteer projects, events or ongoing eco-friendly initiatives that are planned to take place between April and August.

Those participating in Earth Week Naperville activities are encouraged to post photos and comments on social media to the hashtag #earthweeknaperville.

 

The 2021 theme of Earth Day, celebrated internationally on April 22, is Restore Our Earth, focusing on the value of local action on global issues such as climate change, conserving resources and environmental justice.

The local activities and initiatives for 2021 in the Naperville area are listed at www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek.

Volunteer opportunities for individuals or small groups include work days at various parks in Naperville and in forest preserves in the area from April through August.

The City of Naperville is conducting its annual Arbor Day Tree Sale online through 9 a.m. Monday, April 19, with drive-through pickup on Saturday, April 24.

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Rain barrels and composters may be ordered for home delivery or pickup from The Conservation Foundation from April through September.

The Earth Day Fair is returning in 2021 as an outdoor event at Knoch Knolls Nature Center on Sunday, June 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

This free family-friendly event will include children's activities, eco-friendly vendors, free LED light bulbs and the opportunity to learn about the benefits of native plantings, discover energy-saving items, view a rain barrel and composter, talk to the experts, and much more. All current COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Information will be posted soon at www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek about how to become an exhibitor at the fair.

Earth Week Naperville 2021 is supported by a coalition of organizations and local governments, including the City of Naperville, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Naperville Park District, Naperville Unit District 203, Indian Prairie Unit District 204, North Central College, The Conservation Foundation, The Resiliency Institute and the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force.

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