Most events that focus on the season at this time of year come with a warm palette, richly tinted in shades of orange, yellow, red and brown.
The one taking place at McDonald Farm in Naperville this weekend will have pronounced green tones as well.
The city of Naperville and the Naperville Park District are partnering with The Conservation Foundation, a Naperville-based nonprofit, to sponsor the McDonald Farm Fall Festival that will take place Sunday. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 60-acre McDonald Farm, headquarters of The Conservation Foundation. McDonald Farm is located at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville, and the festival is free to the public.
Bicyclists are encouraged to cycle to the event using the bike trail that runs across McDonald Farm along Knoch Knolls Road.
The event celebrates The Conservation Foundation’s 41 years of working in the region’s rivers, prairies, woodlands and neighborhoods to preserve and restore natural lands and water resources. The festival will feature tours of the McDonald Farm’s sustainability components, such as wind and solar power, rainwater harvesting, wetland preservation and organic farm fields, as well as green living demonstrations. In addition, there will be hayrides, live music, a raptor show, face painting, pony rides, games and children’s activities.
Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at the event, or attendees can bring a picnic to enjoy amid the festivities or on a peaceful corner of the farm.
The city of Naperville will have information available at the festival regarding the city’s sustainability initiatives. Also, the Naperville Park District will showcase its plans for the forthcoming Nature Center that is currently under construction at Knoch Knolls Park, located on Knoch Knolls Road across from McDonald Farm.