Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, March through November (weather permitting), these exciting classes give participants a chance to hand-milk a Jersey cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, groom a draft horse, and help with afternoon chores. While you can register for drop-in classes in advance, visitors are also welcome to register on-site the day of the program. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and get signed up with a farmer.
All drop-in classes are $5 for resident participants and $8 for non-residents participants. Participants ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Not sure who qualifies as a participant? If you’re hoping to ask questions and try your hand at any of the hands-on activities, you count as a participant and should pay the associated fee. Participants of all ages are welcome! If you’re only supervising a child and do not plan to actively participate yourself, you’re not required to pay the fee.
|Hands-On Milking||10am||Every Wed & Sat||Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Chicken & Egg||11am||Every Wed & Sat||Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Hold Your Horses||2pm||1st & 3rd Sat||Spring, Fall|
|Hold Your Horses||2pm||1st & 3rd Wed & Sat||Summer|
|Feed the Animals||2pm||2nd & 4th Sat||Spring, Fall|
|Feed the Animals||2pm||2nd & 4th Wed & Sat||Summer|
* The St. Charles Park District seasons are as follows: Winter – January 1 to March 31, Spring – April 1 to May 31, Summer – June 1 to August 31, Fall – September 1 to December 31. Please note, however, that Primrose Fall drop-in programs conclude prior to the end of the standard Fall season. Hands-On Milking ends the last Wednesday or Saturday in October and the other three drop-in programs end the last Wednesday or Saturday in November.
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.
Chicken & Egg:
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:
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.
Feed The Animals:
Please feed the animals! It’s not often that you’ll hear this said to visitors at a farm. Get a unique – behind the scenes – opportunity to help care for the farm’s residents. Interact with the various livestock and discover how their specialized diets vary throughout the year.
Please note – most drop-in programs will not be cancelled due to weather. Instead, farmers will make necessary accommodations in an effort to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants. We do reserve the right to cancel due to extreme weather including but not limited to snowstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. We also occasionally cancel drop-in classes when they conflict with large special events.
If you’re driving in from any distance or planning your day around a particular program, please do not hesitate to call in advance to confirm that the drop-in class will be offered.
Register for drop-in programs by visiting our online registration site and selecting the “Farm” option under “Activities.”