FALL 2020
A facility of the St. Charles Park District

Featuring...

  • Dairy Barn & Milk House 
  • Sheep House & Pump House
  • Chicken Coop 
  • Summer Kitchen
  • Machine Shed
  • Historic Farm
    Demonstration Plots
  • 100 Acres of
    Agricultural Open Space
  • Picnic Pavilion &
    Interpretive Shelter
  • Farm Discovery Trails
  • Fruit Orchard
  • Farm House
    (not open to the public)
All buildings are open when staff is on site with the exception of the Farmhouse.
Grounds Open
Dawn to Dusk
Office Hours
M-Sa | 8am-3pm
Waylon the miniature donkey saying hello on a summer evening.
Peanut the Jersey cow enjoying a windy afternoon out on pasture.
Fall Greetings from the Farm
Hello to all of our farm friends! We hope you have all had a lovely summer with friends and family. We had a wonderful summer, with frequent visits from the public and plenty of outdoor programs, but the fun doesn't stop there! We have lots of programs and events coming your way for the fall.
Our two month old calf Helen resting in her freshly cleaned pen.

If you're looking to get yourself in the fall spirit we will be offering Pumpkin Painting on Fridays and Saturdays, September 18-October 19. Sign up for a 30 minute time slot and let your imagination run wild as you paint your very own pumpkin to take home. Afterwards feel free to visit our miniature donkeys Waylon and Willie, or pay a visit to our calf Helen who was born this past June.

Gather your GROUP of family or friends and take in the crisp fall air as you enjoy Autumn Hayrides. Times slots are available on Fridays and Saturdays in October with times ranging from mid-afternoon to the evening! When you return from your wagon ride, we will provide a private bonfire pit and s'mores to enjoy with friends and family!
 
We're also offering a few of our most popular programs this fall such as Goat Yoga! There are still spots available for our September and October classes. Sign up today to enjoy a peaceful morning of mindfulness with our Nigerian Dwarf goats Merle and Norman. We are also offering private Goat Yoga classes until mid-October. Call Emily Lambillotte at 630-513-4382 for more details.

Escape the Barn will be running this October with a twist! In order to honor physical distancing guidelines, we have created an outdoor escape room that is sure to challenge the best detectives. Sign up with a private group of two or more, to catch the Bovine Bandit before he runs off with our calf Helen!
Clyde the barn cat taking a nap up in the rafters.

Last but not least, we are offering Animal Adventure classesincluding Chicken and Egg, Hands on Milking, Hold Your Horses and Feed the Animals until late fall! Advance registration is required. Sign up online for an individual class to add some extra excitement to your visit.

We would like to thank our patrons for being so patient and understanding during these uncertain times. We have enjoyed seeing all of our guests this summer, and we hope to bring just as much fun and excitement to our fall months as well. We can't wait to see you all soon!
Advance tickets required: stcparks.ticketleap.com
All ages welcome. Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
One family up to 6 people per timeslot. No refunds for no-shows.
Feed the Goats    
Tuesday
10am  |  10:15am  |  10:30am  |  10
:45am
$2 per person

Get up close and personal with goats! Stop by the office for a feeding stick and some delicious goat treats, and you will be on your way. Merle and Norman can't wait to see you!.
 
   
Feed the Chickens    
Thursday
10am  |  10:15am  |  10:30am  |  10:45am
$2 per person

Great for young children to get hands-on experience! Stop by the office to pick up a feeding stick and marvel as the chickens flock to you and your feed. 


 
Hands-on Milking
Wednesday & Saturday
9am  |  9:30am  |  9:45am
$6 per person

Spend your morning cozying up to the Primrose cows! Meet these lovely ladies and discover what goes into dairying - the breeding, raising and milking of dairy animals. Then get up close and personal with one of the 'fresh' cows and try your hand at milking. Face coverings required. 
Chicken & Egg  
Wednesday & Saturday  
11am  |  11:15am  |  11:30am  |  11:45am
$6 per person

See, hear and touch the Columbian Wyandotte chickens that call Primrose home and help gather farm-fresh eggs straight from the nest. All pickers take home a share of the eggs collected!
Face coverings required.

 
Hold Your Horses
1st & 3rd Saturdays
2pm
$6 per person

Crazy about horses? Here's your chance to mingle with some gentle giants - the Primrose Farm Belgian draft horses. Explore basic grooming techniques and learn about equine care practices of today and yesterday. Face coverings required.
 
 
Feed the Animals
2nd & 4th Saturdays
2pm
$6 per person

Please feed the animals! It's not often that you'll hear this being said on a farm. Get a unique - behind the scenes - opportunity to help feed the farm's animal residents. Learn about the care and feeding of livestock and how their specialized diets vary throughout the year.
Face coverings required.
 


Let the Primrose Farm staff tailor a one-of-a-kind scouting program to learn about agricultural farming, animal care and husbandry, environmentalism and hands-on history to meet your specific badge needs! All scout troops are invited to work alongside the farmers and educators for a unique learning experience.

Caring for farm animals, milking cows, tending to the vegetable gardens, beekeeping, hiking trails, wagon rides and exploring historical sites are just some of the activities available.

Boy & Girl Scouts:
Custom Programs
Scout Badges & Projects
Eagle Scout Projects

These 1-hour programs are offered weekdays and Saturdays at your troops' convenience. Fee is $5 per scout. A tractor-drawn hayride can be added as an additional $2 per person. To schedule a program or for more details,
call 630-513-4370 or click here.

Enriching Your Life with
Virtual Learning Opportunities

A new online learning experience for you
and your family. CHECK BACK OFTEN for
updated information and new activities.

Fun Facts with Farm Animals
Learn more about Columbian Wyandotte chickens, Nigerian Dwarf goats, miniature donkeys, Belgian draft horses, Shropshire sheep or Primrose Farm's beloved barn cat Clyde: click here
Animal Nutrition: click here
Feeding the Animals: click here
Donkey Enrichment: click here

Egg Incubation
Keep track of each egg's progress through its incubation cycle: click here

Knitting with the Sheep
Learn the basics of knitting: click here
Volunteer Opportunities

Do you need community service hours for school, scouts or church? Are you looking for an opportunity to get your hands dirty and give back to the community?

Primrose Farm is always in search of volunteers to help with livestock chores, gardening and farm clean up. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information click here, or call 630-513-4370. 
All programs are held at Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles (unless otherwise noted).
630-513-4370  |  primrosefarm.org
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