New Nature Center for Naperville
A new nature center is set to break ground in summer 2013 by the Naperville Park District at Knock Knolls. Knock Knolls is a 224-acre park located in south Naperville.
Park District Director of Recreation, Brad Wilson said, “The Knoch Knolls Nature Center will be the Naperville Park District’s first staffed nature center. We are excited to provide a place for indoor and outdoor learning that will help many kids and adults discover and enjoy our largest and most diverse natural area.”
Plans began for the Nature Center in 2012 as a result of collecting thoughts and ideas via public open house events and by a series of meetings with a community review team. Given the distinctive layout of Knoch Knolls, which contains the convergence of the East Branch and West Branch of the DuPage River, the chief theme for the educational exhibits is “Celebrating Water.”
Various exhibits will comprise of a river aquarium, an interactive wall map of the DuPage River watershed, plants and animals of the DuPage River Confluence, and many more.
The center will be strongly focus on nature education and will be a prime example of environmental sustainability, with green features like solar panels to provide renewable energy, a partial green roof, a rain barrel, and an extremely efficient HVAC system.
As an extension upon the Nature Center expansion, the Naperville Park District plans to add additional improvements at Knoch Knolls, like a pervious paver parking lot, an extended disc golf course, a nature-themed playground, and multi-use trails connecting features throughout the park.
Site plans, photos and additional project details are can be seen at www.napervilleparks.org.
Source: Naperville Patch