Primrose Farm - St. Charles Park District

Winter 2015
Primrose Farm · 5N726 Crane Road · 630-513-4370 ·
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
All programs held at Primrose Farm, unless noted.
RES = Resident NR=Nonresident
Winter Farm Camp
Friday January 2 • 8am-3pm
Ages 7-12 • RES $30 • NR $45 • Code 27428
Holiday Sleigh Rides
Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday excursion!
Bundle up for a tractor-drawn bobsled ride
around the fields of the farm. Warm up
with cookies, hot chocolate and holiday
music by the glow of the woodstove. In the
event of no snow, participants will enjoy
a wagon ride. Ages 15 and under must be
accompanied by a paying adult.
Restored Farm Buildings
Barn • Milk House • Hog House
Pump House • Summer Kitchen
Chicken Coop • Sheep Barn
Machine Shed • Farmhouse
All buildings are open when staff is on site
with the exception of the Farmhouse.
Other Amenities
Historic Farm Demonstration Plots
100 Acres of Agricultural Open Space
Picnic Pavilion • Interpretive Shelter
Farm Discovery Trails • Fruit Orchard
Birthday Parties Available
Community Garden Plots
219 Annual • 45 Perennial
Annuals..........120 plots ..... 15’ x 30’ $15
Annuals..........99 plots........ 30’ x 30’ $30
Perennials......24 plots........ 15’ x 30’ $15
Perennials .....21 plots......... 30’ x 30’ $30
4 plot limit per gardener. For more
information, call Cori at 630-513-4332.
A hive of information
Register online for these and other
Park District programs
Ages 1+
RES $10 • NR $15
per person per night
Searching for a unique No School Day
activity? Experience winter on the farm!
Learn about how animal care and farm
chores change during the cold and dark of
January. Snowshoe on the farm trails, play
old-fashioned games and make cocoa on
the woodstove. Help with important winter
activities - mend clothes, cut and gather
firewood and maintain farm equipment.
Sunset Snowshoe Hike
All Ages • RES $5 • NR $7.50
26th 6-7pm 26214
7-8pm 26215
8-9pm 26216
2nd 6-7pm 26220
7-8pm 26221
Take a snowshoe trek and venture out across
windswept fields to visit an out-of-the-way
corner of the farm. Discover native plants and
animals that call fence rows and wetlands
their winter home. Enjoy sunset and moonrise
overlooking Otter Creek before returning
to the warmth of the Summer Kitchen for
homemade cookies and hot beverages.
27th 6-7pm 26217
7-8pm 26218
8-9pm 26219
3rd 6-7pm 26223
7-8pm 26224
8-9pm 26225
Sa Jan 3 Sa Feb 7 Sa Mar 7 Primrose Farm • 5N726 Crane Road
4-5:30pm Code 27370
4:30-6pm Code 27371
5-6:30pm Code 27372
Springtime on the Farm
Fireside with the Roosevelts
Ages 7+
Monday February 16 • 11am-1pm
RES $15 • NR $22.50 • Code 27429
Calling all grandparents! Looking for
something to do with your school-age
grandchildren this President’s Day? Skip
Washington and Lincoln -- study Franklin D.
Roosevelt instead! Make and eat his favorite
foods - hot dogs and grilled cheese, listen
to ‘Home on the Range,’ one of his favorite
songs, and play games popular during his
presidency. And what’s a President without
a First Lady? Learn about Eleanor - a
humanitarian, feminist and fashion icon.
Design 1930s dresses and hats. Read letters
written to Eleanor by children affected by
the Great Depression and pen your own First
Lady requests. A great opportunity to share
your childhood experiences with younger
March 28 & 29 • 12-3:30pm
All Ages Welcome! • Free but please register
As winter winds down, Primrose Farm begins
to bustle with activity. Field work beckons
and spring cleaning starts even before buds
blossom. Participate in this year’s spring living
history kick off. Try your hand at planting
potatoes, broadcasting oats or white washing
the barn. Learn what life was like on the farms
in your forefathers’ time. Ages 15 and younger
must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in Programs
Enjoy Farm Fun on Select Wednesdays &
Saturdays All Year Long!
All ages • On Site Registrations Accepted
Ages 15 & under must be accompanied
by an adult. Please arrive 10 minutes early to
register on site.
Chicken & Egg • 11am • Every Wed & Sat
Farm fresh eggs for all! Help gather eggs
straight from the nest of the chicken coop.
In this hands-on tour, learn the hows and
whys of backyard poultry among some
feathered friends. All pickers take home a
share of the eggs.
RES $5 • NR $7.50 per person
Feed the Animals • 2pm • 2nd & 4th Sat
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.
RES $10 • NR $15 per household
Hold Your Horses • 1pm • 1st & 3rd Sat
Crazy about horses? Here’s your chance
to get up close and personal with some
gentle giants. Learn basic horse grooming
techniques in a historic setting.
RES $5 • NR $7.50 per person
Blacksmith Club
Ages 18+
Under the spreading chestnut tree, the
village smithy stands...the tree may be gone,
but the teaching forge at Primrose Farm is
now open. Join the Blacksmith Club and
gain access to the shop on the first Saturday
of every month. Work with other hobbyist
smiths and improve your skills in this most
fundamental of mechanical arts.
Sa Jan 3-Dec 5 RES $45/NR $67.50
Code 27430
Celebrate your birthday
at the Farm
Join your friends at Primrose Farm for a
Barnyard Bash! Dress up in your overalls,
bandannas and 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
To reserve a date,
call Laura at
Scouting adventures For Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts
Primrose Farm Let the Farm staff tailor a scouting program to meet your specific
badge needs! For more details or to schedule your program, contact Laura Johns at
630-513-4374 or [email protected] Program descriptions available at
• One hour long programs
• Offered Monday thru Saturday at your troops’ convenience
• $5 per scout • Tractor-drawn hayride can be added for an additional $2 per person.
Girl Scouts
Group Daises Daises Brownies Juniors Cadettes Seniors Program Intro to Gardening Learn About Farm Animals Take A Hike Gardening 101 Hiking By Moonlight Going Local Counts Toward...
Watering Can Award in It’s Your World - Change It
Birdbath Award in It’s Your Story - Tell It
Brownie Hiker Badge
Junior Gardener Badge
Cadette Night Owl Badge
Senior Lacavore Badge
Cup Scouts
Group Tiger Cubs
Tiger Cubs Wolf Cubs Wolf Cubs Program Learn About Farm Animals Take A Hike Machine Power Tie It Right Counts Toward...
Elective 31 - Learn About Animals
Let’s Go Outdoors - Activity 5G: Take A Hike
Elective 8 - Simple Machines in Use
Tie It Right Achievements
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Exploring • Hiking • Discovering & more!
To schedule an adventure, contact Lauren Kulinski at 630-513-4393 or [email protected]
For more program details, visit Located at 3795 Campton Hills Road.
• One hour long programs
• $50 for up to 15 scouts
• Scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis
Girl Scouts
• The Comforts of Home
• Your Going to Use That?
Cub Scouts
Tiger Cub
• Let’s Go Outdoors
Wolf Cub
• Start A Collection
• Your Living World
• H20: What is it? Where is it?
• This is Bugging Me!
• Hittin’ the Dusty Trail
• Green Building Investigation
• Going Beyond the 3 Rs
• Flower Power
• This Isn’t Mr. McGregor’s Garden
Naturalists will also
assist individual
scouts working on
their Bronze, Silver
or Gold Awards or
their Eagle Scout
Bear Cub
• Sharing Your World With Wildlife
• Forester
• Naturalist
• Geologist
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 4th annual Discovery Days
Thrills Chills and Spills
Rock & Roll at the Knolls!
Murder Mystery
Hickory Knolls Comes
Alive at Night!
Outdoor Winter Fun for the
Whole Family!
Fri • Feb 13 • 7-9pm
Sat • Feb 14 • 6-9pm
Sun • Feb 15 • 12-4pm
Experience the THRILLS and
CHILLS of a Friday the 13th!
A CHILL is in the air, and
winter nights can be beautiful!
Venture out for THRILLS and
SPILLS in the snow!
Help collect and analyze
clues to solve this fun ‘who
done it’ event! Cocktails,
beverages and hors d’oeuvres
will be served as you try and
figure out who the murderer
is -- everyone is a suspect!
Take a night hike to search
for nocturnal creatures.
Free Spirit Siberian Huskies
$20/person • $35/couple
Ages 21+ • Code 27651
Advance registration required.
Great scouting trip for your
troop! Call 630-513-4399 to
make arrangements for large
groups and special fees.
Northern IL Raptor Rehab
Chicago Astronomy Club
$5/person at the door
Ages 2 & under • Free
Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures
Cardboard sled race
Prizes go to best sled and
best wipe out!
Visit for
information on entering.
$5/person at the door
Ages 2 & under • Free