SPRING 2020
A facility of the St. Charles Park District

Featuring...

  • Dairy Barn & Milk House
  • Sheep House & Pump House
  • Chicken Coop
  • Livestock
  • Summer Kitchen
  • Machine Shed
  • 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
Our barn cat Clyde exploring the farm grounds on a winter afternoon
Our draft horses Bob and Doc giving each other some love before lunch time
Spring has Sprung
at Primrose Farm
As the days are getting warmer and the temperatures rise, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring at the Primrose Farm! Along with taking care of our furry friends, we have been planning for our favorite programs and events, old and new! There are so many new programs and activities to look forward to in 2020 at Primrose Farm to cure your spring fever.

 Ruth, our curious heifer, out on pasture on a spring afternoon
If you have been with us for a while at the farm, you'll know that we will be kicking off the spring season with our annual event, Springtime on the Farm. Join us on April 4 as we welcome the warmer weather with our livestock. This event is the perfect opportunity for our regular visitors and newcomers alike to meet our animals and get a taste of what farming is all about. There are so many activities to take part in including crafts, farmyard demonstrations, gardening, animal meet and greets and so much more. Entry for the event is completely free, so make sure to mark your calendars!

If you're looking for some motivation to kick back into your fitness routine, consider signing up for our first Goat Yoga class of the season! Join us on April 18 as we spend a serene morning of meditation and mindful stretching with our Nigerian Dwarf Goats Merle and Norman! If you are still itching to keep that fitness kick going, sign up for our second year of our Farmyard Fitness Relay Day later that morning. Participants will travel our two mile hiking trail, and overcome the several obstacles that stand between you and the finish line! This year, the Farmyard Fitness Relay will really have you testing your limits of endurance, strength, and stamina. Be sure to sign up for both events for a full day of farmyard fitness fun!

For the hobbyist who is looking to spend more time in the outdoors this season, we will be hosting a brand new program called Sit and Stitch that is completely free. Join us Thursday evenings in April and May. Be sure to bring your current knitting, crochet, or embroidery project, as we spend a relaxing evening of crafting with a different animal each week. This program is a perfect opportunity to get to know fellow hobbyists in the area, as well as spend some quality time with our furry friends at the farm. If stitching is not up your alley, we will also be offering our Intro to Blacksmithing class again this year on April 25. Join us and our resident blacksmith Chris Gingrich as he teaches you the ins and outs of blacksmithing. In this unique program, learn from a professional as you create an iron masterpiece of your very own! Space is limited so sign up ASAP!

Whether you have been with us for years, or you are just now visiting the farm, we cannot thank our visitors enough for their generosity and kindness. Without all of you, Primrose Farm would not be the lively and family friendly destination it is today. We can't wait to celebrate the new season with you soon!


Coffee & Cows Play Group
 
Ages 1+
F     Apr 24  |   9:30-11am  (#21141)
F     May 29  |  9:30-11am  (#21142)
RES $5/NR $8

Need an excuse to get out of the house? Come socialize with other parents while your little farmer plays! Each playgroup will be hosted by a Primrose Farmer and will feature a barnyard tour and either a story, craft or activity in the Summer Kitc hen. Snacks and beverages will be available for little farmers. After the playgroup, stick around to walk a
nature trail, take pictures on a vintage tractor or take a turn on the tire swing. Parents, bring your own beverage to enjoy!


Goat Yoga
Ages 5-55
Sa    Apr 18  |  8:30-9:30am   
RES $10/NR $15  (#21861)

Enjoy a peaceful morning of physical meditation with our Nigerian dwarf goats! Gather friends and family at the farm and immerse yourself in the peaceful scenery the farm has to offer. Bring your yoga mats and open minds to this exclusive program.  
NEW! Sit & Stitch 
Ages 16+ 
Thursdays  |  5-6pm
Apr 9    
#21862 
Apr 16
Apr 23 
#21864 
Apr 30 
#22870  
May 7 
#21866 
May 14 
#21867 
May 21 
#21868 
May 28 
#21869 
FREE but please register
 
While working on your next stitching project, visit with a different farm animal each week! A peaceful evening in the pasture offers a relaxing atmosphere to complete your masterpiece and meet new friends. All experience levels and needlework mediums welcome. Beginning level instruction will be provided. Bring your own materials. Advance registration required.
 


Intro to Blacksmithing 
Ages 18+
Sa    Apr 25  | 12-3pm     
RES $50/NR $75  (#21146) 

Learn the basics of shaping metal using a hammer and anvil. Practice rudimentary blacksmith processes and safety while making several projects to take home. Tools, safety glasses and materials provided. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required; leather work gloves recommended. 
 
 
Click on code #s to register.


Enjoy hands-on Farm fun on select days! 
On-site registrations accepted. All ages welcome. 
Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 10 minutes early to register on site.
March - November, weather permitting.
Drop-Ins are not held on special event days. 
 
Feed the Goats 
Every Monday & Wednesday
1pm
RES $1/NR $2 per person
Stop by the office for a feeding stick and some delicious goat treats! 
 

Feed the Chickens
 
Every Tuesday & Thursday
10am
RES $1/NR $2 per person
Great for young children to get hands-on experience! Stop by the office for a feeding stick!
 
 

Hands-on Milking
Every Wednesday & Saturday
10am
RES $5/NR $8 per person
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.


Chicken & Egg
Every Wednesday & Saturday
11am
RES $5/NR $8 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!   


Hold Your Horses
1st & 3rdSaturdays
2pm
RES $5/NR $8 per person
Explore basic grooming techniques of our Belgian draft horses and learn about equine care practices of today and yesterday.
 

Feed the Animals
2nd & 4th Saturdays
2pm
RES $5/NR $8 per person
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. 


Down on the Farm Camp
Searching for a unique camp experience? This is it! Learn what it's like to live on a farm. Start your day with ch ores, crafts and old-fashioned games. Milk a cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, and help feed the animals.

Farmers
Ages 5-7   |   TuTh   |   9am-12pm
RES $60/NR $90
Jun 9 & 11
Jun 16 & 18
Jun 23 & 25
Jul 7 & 9
Jul 14 & 16
Jul 21 & 23
Jul 28 & 30
Aug 4 & 6



Ranchers

This camp will continue its afternoon adventure with a variety of on-site and off-site activities.

Ag es 8-12  |   M-F  |  8:30am-3:30pm
RES $200/NR $250 
Jun 8-12  
Jun 15-19
Jun 22-26
Jul 6-10
Jul 13-17
Jul 20-24
Jul 27-31
Aug 3-7

*Camp counselors have experience working with children and are trained in CPR and First Aid.

Emergency Forms
After registering for Farm Camp, you will receive an eMail from ePACT, the District's secure emergency network, to create an account and complete medical & emergency contact information.
 


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.

Celebrate your Birthday
with a Barnyard Bash
at Primrose Farm!
 
Dress up in your overalls, bandannas & boots for some fabulous and festive farm fun.

Weather permitting, parties are held either in the Summer Kitchen, under a picnic pavilion or at a picnic table in the farmyard.


For ages Ages 3-12
Available April to October

To reserve a date, call 630-513-4370. 
For more info, 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. 

Primr
ose Palette Painting Parties
June 6  |  July 11  |  August 8  
Details in the Summer Guide!
 

Primrose Farm Family Campout 
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20 
Details in the Summer Guide!
 
All programs are held at Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles (unless otherwise noted).
630-513-4370  |  primrosefarmpark.com
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident