You might bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Maybe you drive a hybrid. Or, perhaps, you have a rain barrel or two to collect water for your garden.
Naperville residents are already thinking green, but with Earth Day (April 22) right around the corner, there are plenty of additional ways to show Mother Earth some love. The following are just a few of the activities happening in and near Naperville throughout the month.
From 9 a.m. to noon April 16, community members of all ages will gather for the annual Spring Spruce Up. Volunteers should check in at the Dandelion Fountain. Be sure to monitor the weather though, the event will be canceled if there is inclement weather and/or the temperature is below 40 degrees at 8 a.m. on the day of the event.
Volunteers ages 8 and up (under 14 with an adult) can spend the afternoon in Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve helping to restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed. The volunteer nature workday runs from 1 to 4 p.m. April 16. Meet in main parking lot on the north side of 83rd Street, just west of Book Road. To register, call (630) 933-7681 at least five business days in advance; groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.
Bring your binoculars and bird guide to the Earth Day Migratory Bird Walk. The all ages free event runs from 8 to 10 a.m. April 16 and begins at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center, located on Renwick Road one mile east of Route 30 in Plainfield. Lake Renwick is well-known as a nesting location for heron, egrets, and cormorants, but it also attracts many different waterfowl and spring migrants at this time of year. Registration is required by calling (708) 946-2216 by April 14. Can’t make it to the April 16 walk? Another Migratory Bird Walk will be held 8 to 10 a.m. April 30 in the same location. Register for that event by April 28.
Gather some friends, family members or co-workers and volunteer to help clean one of 16 locations. Schedule a project during Earth Week, April 16 through April 24, by contacting Lynnette Hoole or (630) 848-3606.