The McDonald family was known for Sunday afternoon gatherings at their farm, and Naperville families carried on that tradition through the Conservation Foundation’s annual Fall Festival at McDonald Farm.
Families enjoyed live folk music provided by the Riverwalk Pickers, hayrides and wildlife exhibits, including a petting zoo.
“The chicken is calm, and I just pet him,” said a young petting zoo participant.
This free event was about celebrating autumn with a purpose. Focusing on the environment and sustainability, the Conservation Foundation aimed to educate families on the importance of nature.
“Fall Festival is a great time to get everybody out and kind of winding up the summer, and it’s usually warm like today, a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the outdoors as we’re winding up the summer heading towards winter. And getting everybody to appreciate what we have with the native plants, to learn a little bit about the environment, and how each individual can help to preserve the environment for generations to come,” said Marketing Consultant for the Conservation Foundation, Sandy Kaczmarski.
Through education and collaboration, the foundation continues to preserve and restore nearby natural areas.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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