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Springtime in Naperville Parks / April-May 2022


Naperville Park District has scheduled egg hunts, wildflower walks and other spring-themed events for all ages during April and May. In between special events, encourage youngsters to explore and enjoy the great outdoors in local parks such as Sindt Woods along the Riverwalk, above, and May Watts Park, below.

(FYI: Sindt Woods was named to recognize Jane Sindt. May Watts Park was named to honor May Theilgaard Watts. Both women were transplants who moved to Naperville. Both women made a difference.)

Leaf buds are just beginning to cover the branches at May Watts Park where young anglers enjoy spring fishing in the pond. May Watts Park is located at 804 S. Whispering Hills. Folklore says that “April fish are easily caught.” That’s why April is a good time to teach a child to fish. No joke! (PN Photo)

Update, April 2, 2022 / Early this morning a bike-peddling young angler with a tackle box and fishing pole was headed to Lake Osborne “behind the firehouse.” One of PN’s most popular posts on this website is a showcase of fishing spots and some really big fish!

Anytime you’re fishing for Naperville locations to catch a big one, simply search “fishing” on this website and plenty of places, complete with pictures, will appear where all ages are welcome to enjoy the popular pastime.

April and May 2022

The Naperville Park District offers a lineup of spring-themed workshops, events and programs in April and May for a variety of ages and interests.

Workshops and Tours

Knoch Knolls Nature Center is located at 336 Knoch Knolls Road. (PN File Photo)

On Sat., April 2, the Park District will offer an Organic Gardening Workshop for ages 16 and up designed to teach the basics of organic gardening, including helpful tips on how to plant and maintain an organic garden at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. The workshop is from 10AM-12PM at Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

A Basic Gardening Workshop will be held from 10AM-12PM on Sat., April 23 at Knoch Knolls Nature Center for gardeners of all levels of experience.

Community gardening grows camaraderie.

In addition, the Park District is offering tours of the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots at 811 S. West Street with an overview of the garden plot program and an opportunity to ask questions. Tours are offered at 10AM on Fri., April 22 and at 1PM on Sun., May 1.

A free workshop, Establishing and Maintaining Your Lawn, will be presented from 10AM to 11:30AM on Sat., April 9, at Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Ron Biondo, horticulture educator and consultant, will give tips on how to establish, renovate, and maintain your lawn.

Wildflower Walks at Knoch Knolls Park

Tiny blossoms are beginning to bloom along the paths in Knoch Knolls Park. Depending on the weather, blankets of bluebells could greet visitors to Knoch Knolls through mid-May.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center will host three Wildflower Walks for ages 16 and up. Led by a naturalist, participants will get an up-close view of different woodland flowers at Knoch Knolls Park. Walks are scheduled from 10AM to 11:30AM on Tuesday, April 12, on Friday, April 29 and on Saturday, May 14.

The tours, walks and workshops are free but registration is required at www.napervilleparks.org/nature.

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Knoch Knolls Park

The Flashlight Egg Hunt returns on Thursday, April 14 from 7:45-8:15PM and from 8:40-9:10PM for kids ages 9-13 at Knoch Knolls Park Lower Picnic Grove. Kids are invited to bring a flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars. Register online at www.napervilleparks.org.  The cost is $13 for Naperville residents and $18 for nonresidents.

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt at Frontier Park is April 16

Bring a basket or bucket to collect colored eggs at Frontier Park. Don’t be late to the Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt!

Frontier Sports Complex will host the annual Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1-8 at 9AM Sat., April 16. Don’t be a second late. Fields are designated by age. The fun begins with a blast at 9AM sharp. Parents are advised to arrive early, as the eggs disappear quickly. This event is free and requires no registration. The Jaycees will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items at the event; no glass containers, please. The event will take place at the softball fields located at 3380 Cedar Glade Drive.

2022 Junior Golfapalooza at Springbrook is April 16

Springbrook Golf Course is located along 83rd Street, just west of Book Road.

Junior golfers and their parents are invited to the 2022 Junior Golfapalooza—a fun, educational event at Springbrook Golf Course to kick off the 2022 golf season. The event will take place on Sat., April 16 for ages 5-17, including returning players and those brand new to the game.  Registration opens April 2 at www.golfnaperville.org. The registration fee per junior participant is $5 for Naperville Park District residents and $7 for nonresidents.

Fort Hill set to host Shedding Event April 16 & Earth Day Fair April 24

Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive.

Fort Hill Activity Center, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive, is hosting a free Shredding Event from 8AM-11AM on Sat., April 16. This event is offered in partnership with the Naperville Police Department. Additionally, Fort Hill Fitness is offering a Zero Enrollment special on April 16 for those who purchase fitness memberships that day.

The annual Earth Day Fair will be held at Fort Hill Activity Center from 1PM to 4PMon Sunday, April 24.  For more information about the fair, shredding event and other activities during Earth Week Naperville, visit www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek.

PN File Photos

Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.