Above / Volunteers from Naperville Bank and Trust will plant trees throughout the natural area at Sportsman’s Park as part of Earth Week Naperville. Sportsman’s Park is located at 735 S. West Street. (NPD Photo)
A group of volunteers from Naperville Bank and Trust will help the Naperville Park District plant 27 native trees in the natural area at Sportsman’s Park at 735 S. West Street from 9AM to 11AM on Wed., April 20 and on Mon., May 2. This project is part of the, featuring other events, volunteer projects and opportunities for the community to help protect its natural resources.
Sportsman’s Park is a 27-acre park that includes prairie and wetland restoration areas, two ponds, a one-mile trail through the natural areas, a small building and a trap-shooting range that operates Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Site improvements in 2014 have allowed the previously closed-off natural area to be opened to public use both for recreation and education. Adding a variety of native trees is important to restoring the biodiversity of the Sportsman’s Park natural areas. Most of the trees will be planted near the trail so that visitors can enjoy their beauty, variety and shade.
Seven different species will be planted
Volunteers will help plant seven different species of trees. The larger trees include pecan and shagbark hickory, providing nuts or seeds for wildlife, attracting birds and butterflies, and providing shade. Tulip trees also will grow tall and feature tulip shaped flowers, bright fall color and attract hummingbirds. The medium sized trees include Northern Catalpa, with white, showy flowers, dangling bean pods and giant heart-shaped leaves; Common Persimmon, with large, edible fruit and attractive autumn color; and Sassafras, with fragrant flowers. These trees all attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Finally, Bald Cypress will be planted overlooking the pond and will furnish seeds for birds and small mammals.
“We are grateful to the volunteers from Naperville Bank and Trust for giving their time and energy to help with tree planting this year,” said Executive Director Brad Wilson.
Naperville Park District relies on many volunteers to assist with its green initiatives, which are described in its annual Sustainability Report. To view theand learn more about the District’s environmental stewardship, visit .
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