A visit to Primrose Farm is an opportunity to experience day-to-day aspects of 150 years of Fox Valley farm life. Our 100+ acres provide the perfect pastoral oasis for modern city and suburban families. Escape into the rural past with us!
Most visits to Primrose are self-guided. We recommend giving yourself at least an hour to explore the site. During your time at the farm, you can:
Greet the animals.
More information on our livestock residents is included in the FAQ here.
Stroll the farmyard.
Click here for a copy of our farmstead map.
Take a ride on the tire swing.
Located near the main farm house, our tire swing is a visitor favorite. Come on out and take a twirl!
Explore the historic barns and buildings.
Check out our exhibits page for a booklet with information on the various historic structures.
Say “Hello” to a farmer.
Climb on a tractor.
Near our fruit orchard you’ll find a variety of historic tractors you can climb on. Great for kids and adults alike! Put on your overalls and imagine plowing the Primrose fields with our Ford 9N, Farmall Super A, Farmall F-12 or Farmall F-20 tractors. You may also find a few more modern John Deere tractors in the farmyard.
Walk a trail.
Become a Junior Farmer.
In spring 2016, Primrose Farm unveiled a brand new way for children to engage with history, explore agriculture and examine the natural world. Even the littlest farmer can become a protector of the past, an advocate for animals and a steward of the environment. Visit us and become an official Primrose Junior Farmer today!
To become a Junior Farmer, kids of all ages can pick up an activity book in the farm office. Booklets cost $2 and are available Monday to Saturday from 8am-3pm. After collecting their booklet, potential Junior Farmers will tour the site – visiting animals, completing puzzles and finding hidden clues. Once all the required activities are completed, the book can be returned to the office where a Primrose Farmer will check the work and award the new Junior Farmer their very own Primrose Farm Junior Farmer bandana!
Classes & Programs
If you want to enhance your visit, sign up for one of our behind-the-scenes drop-in classes. Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, these exciting programs 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. More information on drop-in classes can be found here.
In addition to our regular drop-in programs, Primrose offers seasonal classes, special events, school and scout programs, summer camps, and birthday parties. For more information, click on the applicable program type below or explore them all in the “Programs & Events” tab.
- Drop-In Programs
- Seasonal Programs
- Special Events
- School Programs
- Scout Programs
- Custom Programs
- Farm Camp
- 4-H Club
Community Garden Plots
The St. Charles Park District maintains 264 garden plots for our community at Primrose Farm. Perennial and annual plots can be rented from April 1 to October 31. There is a 4 plot limit per household.
|120||annual||15’ x 30’||$25|
|99||annual||30’ x 30’||$45|
|24||perennial||15’ x 30’||$25|
|21||perennial||30’ x 30’||$45|
Garden plot registration begins in February and March. A reservation form with payment (page 5) must be submitted to finalize your rental. The reservation periods for 2016 are as follows:
February 3 – March 3: Returning gardeners may reserve the same plots rented the year prior.
March 4 – March 14: Returning gardeners may reserve new plots.
March 17: Open registration begins for all new gardeners.
Reservations for new and returning gardeners are accepted at Pottawatomie Community Center. Returning gardeners may submit their paperwork via mail or email but forms must be received by the applicable dates. Please review the application form in its entirety as it includes information on fees, rules and guidelines. If you have additional questions, contact Cori Hedlund at 630-513-4332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the reservation form, click here.
To view a map of the Primrose community garden plots, click here.
Are you looking for an ideal outdoor location to have a family reunion, a corporate get-together, or special event? Primrose Farm has two picnic pavilions to meet your needs.
One of the pavilions is located near the farmstead where your guests can meander through the farm buildings, check out the displays and the livestock, and still be close enough to hear the lunch or dinner bell.
The other picnic pavilion is tucked away in a secluded portion of the farm, off the beaten path. Here, your guests will enjoy the serenity of the farmland, free to explore the flora and fauna that surrounds them. Please note – access to this pavilion is via a 0.25 mile pedestrian only path.
Full day pavilion rentals are $50 each.
Persons interested in renting a pavilion must complete the Pavilion Rental Application Form. Reservations may be made by calling 630-584-1885. Credit card payments will be accepted over the phone. Make checks payable to the St. Charles Park District and mail payment to the Parks Department, St. Charles Park District, 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois 60174.
More information on renting – including a helpful FAQ – can be found here.