Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals and agricultural interpreters, stroll through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes or climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Drop-in programs offered weekdays and Saturdays: hand-milk a Jersey cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, groom a draft horse, feed the animals or help in the vegetable garden. Custom programs and birthday party packages available, too. The opportunities to learn and play are endless!
Did you know that a cow won’t produce milk until she has a calf? Our mama cow, Peanut, is due to deliver her calf on or around June 1. As a result, our Hands-On Milking class that normally starts in our spring season will be postponed until summer. We’ll post the official start date here, but in the meantime, join us for our other drop-in classes throughout the week. You can find the schedule here: https://www.primrosefarmpark.com/drop-in-programs/
Join us at the farm for Coffee & Cows this Friday, April 13. Preregistration required, visit www.stcparks.org to register.
Join us for Springtime On the Farm! Register online at www.stcparks.org
Spring is coming! Most of our Spring drop-in classes will resume the third week of March. On-site registration offered for all classes–no pre-registration required, but classes do sometimes fill up so make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early to reserve your spot!
Chicken & Egg…every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am; first class Wednesday, March 21st; $5 residents/$8 non-residents.
Feed the Animals…second and fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm; first class Saturday, March 24th; $5 residents/$8 non-residents.
Hold Your Horses…first and third Saturday of the month at 2pm; first class Saturday, March 31st; $5 residents/$8 non-residents.
NEW! Feed the Chickens…every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am-12pm; first class Thursday, April 5th; $2 residents/$4 non-residents.
NEW! Feed the Goats…every Monday and Wednesday between 1pm-2pm; first class Monday, April 2nd; $2 residents/$4 non-residents.
Hands-On Milking has a tentative start date of April 11. Please check back for updates.
Winter On the Farm scheduled for January 6 has been cancelled due to low registration; however, we are open all winter long! Stop by and visit us!
Primrose Farm is excited to officially dedicate the plaza and celebrate our new branding, which is intended to expand the recreation opportunities available at the farm.
This plaza now serves as the primary gathering place for school groups, scout groups, and families. It allowed staff to create a more organized vehicle drop off system for program participants and offers a protected area near the parking lot.
Previously, the entrance area was susceptible to much flooding. Using a stamped concrete surface, this new structure will now collect and divert storm water allowing it to drain more appropriately into the parking area. Mature landscaping with shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses were incorporated into the overall design.
This plaza also includes the official memorial to John H. “Jack” Wessel who was a dedicated public servant of the St. Charles community, having spent years seven years on the St. Charles Park Foundation Board of Trustees and more than 20 years on the St. Charles Plan Commission.
There is a plaque mounted on the stone column with more details of Wessel’s commitment to the park district and honors him for his perseverance and commitment of service. Jack strongly supported the mission of Primrose Farm and was a founding member of the annual Farm Frolic fundraiser. Because of Jack’s enthusiastic contributions to the improvements at Primrose Farm, future generations will learn and enjoy many facets of day-to-day farm life.
We are very grateful to the Wessel family for their continued support of the farm. A donation for the passing of Eileen Wessel, Jack’s wife, enabled us to purchase a new information kiosk for this farm plaza.
Also as part of this renovation project, you will discover new interpretive signs highlighting the farm’s historic buildings throughout the farmstead.