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Earth Day Fair set for Sunday, April 24, at Fort Hill Activity Center


Above / During the April 19, 2022, City Council meeting, Councilwomen Theresa Sullivan and Jennifer Bruzan Taylor read a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing “April 17-24 as 2022 Earth Week Naperville.” Also at the podium were folks representing the Naperville Park District and its Knoch Knolls Nature Center. (PN Photo)

Updated Post, April 24, 2022 / A rainy Sunday afternoon on April 24 provided a perfect time for an indoor Earth Day Fair at the Fort Hill Activity Center. A steady stream of visitors was treated to exhibits, giveaways and advice.

Dozens of tables were set for the Earth Day exhibition.

Upon entry, folks were informed about the upcoming Garden Plots Site Master Plan Meeting planned from 6PM to 7:30PM Wed., April 27, at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots along West Street.

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Naperville Experimax is located at 1523 N. Aurora Road.

Experimax Naperville, one of the event sponsors, specializes in repairing and selling certified, pre-owned Apple products including iPhones, iPads, iMac computers, MacBook laptops and Windows PCs.

“Primarily we buy, trade, upgrade, and repair Apple products, following a certification list and test that items must pass before resale,” noted Thayer Johnson, managing director of Naperville Experimax. “We like to think of ourselves as ‘Mac experts’ who repair everything Apple and much more.”

In fact, to be good stewards in recognition of Earth Day, Johnson suggests that every day is an opportunity to repair and restore faulty electronic devices first before replacing or recycling. Restore to reuse. Recycle if necessary, but recycle items as a last resort.

Ron Ory provided info about gardening and plans to create a trail map of the garden plots

Former Naperville Park District Commissioner and longtime gardening enthusiast Ron Ory was on hand to provide information about the Idea Gardens at the Garden Plots. Ory also was stationed near buckets of oak saplings ready to plant and free for the community “to take several.”

Since 1970, Earth Day has been recognized annually on April 22. Ever since, the day, sometimes celebrated for a week, has played a role in raising awareness about combatting pollution and protecting the environment throughout the world.

Yet even earlier, dating back to the mid-to-late 1800s, conservationists advocated the protection of natural resources, seeking the proper use of nature.

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” —Chief Joseph (1840-1904)

Original Post, April 20, 2022 / The community is invited to attend an Earth Day Fair, scheduled to take place from 12:30PM to 4PM Sun., April 24, at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville. Doors to the the gymnasium and the fair will open at 1PM.  Note rooms will be open for the early and late presentations as featured on the schedule. Thanks to sponsors, the event is free of admission charge.

The family-friendly special event for the community, with educational presentations and exhibits, will showcase eco-friendly products and practices. The Fair is part of Earth Week Naperville, a community-wide promotion of environmental stewardship with the theme, Invest in our Planet.

Earth Week Naperville is a collaborative effort of the Naperville Park District and its Knoch Knolls Nature Center, City of Naperville, Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will Counties, Naperville Community Unit School District 203, The Conservation Foundation, Three Fires Council and the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force.

The theme for the 2022 Earth Week Naperville is “Invest in our Planet.” Many longtime residents remember the days before plastic pop and water bottles, growing up placing deposits on glass bottles and returning them to be refilled and sold again. All ages learned not to litter. Springtime included stories of Johnny Appleseed, an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of the Midwest, including Illinois. Folks appreciated all the benefits of trees throughout the area. Youth learned about conservation and practiced it every day. Help keep Naperville beautiful! And remember, Naperville is a Tree City!

Presentation Schedule

12:30PMInvite Nature to Your Garden, Jim Kleinwachter, The Conservation Foundation

1:15PMGoing Solar in Illinois, Jack Johannesson, Windfree Solar

2PMGrow Groceries in Containers and Save the Environment, M. Grace Grzanek, Just Food Initiative of Fox Valley

2:45PMBOOM SOLAR!, Patrick Tata, Gain Renewables

3:30PMConserving Dark Skies, Adam Kreuzer, International Dark Sky Association

4:15PM – Go Green and Save Green at Home, Mike King, Nicor

Presenting Exhibitors / *Note Event Sponsors

§  Citizen’s Climate Education

§  City Bee Savers*

§  City of Naperville* Public Utilities and Water Departments

§  Clean Energy Alliance of Naperville

§  DuPage County Stormwater Management

§  DuPage Monarch Project

§  Experimax Naperville*

§  Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

§  Forest Preserve District of Will County

§  Gain Renewables*

§  Groot*

§  Illinois Solar Energy Association

§  Just Food Initiative of Fox Valley

§  International Dark Skies Association

§  League of Women Voters

§  Naper Settlement

§  Naperville Community Gardeners

§  Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau

§  Naperville Park District

§  Naperville Environment & Sustainability Task Force (NEST)

§  Nicor Gas*

§  S.C.A.R.C.E.

§  The Conservation Foundation

§  Three Fires Council

§  Vegan Outreach

§  Windfree Solar

§  Working Bikes (accepting bike donations outside)

Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. From Ogden Avenue, turn west at Quincy Avenue.

The free event will feature educational presentations and exhibits hosted by more than two dozen organizations and sponsoring businesses. Presentations will be held in Multipurpose Rooms 1-3 at Fort Hill Activity Center.

Last updated with photos of Fort Hill / April 24, 2022

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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.


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