Prairie Farm is a replica turn-of-the century farm complete with barn, farmhouse, pond, pasture, & flower garden. Admission is free and the Farm is open to the general public from Memorial Day to early August and features a variety of your child’s favorite animals including cows, horses, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, llamas, donkeys, miniature horses, peacocks, rabbits, turtles, turkey, and a beautifully established koi pond. Wandering paths and big shade trees make the farm a truly enjoyable destination all summer long.
– Facility Information –
217-398-2583 (in season); 217-398-2550 (out-of-season)
Open May 29-August 15
Farm Hours: Daily, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Petting Area Hours: Daily, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
– Plan Your Visit –
Prairie Farm is open seasonally from Memorial Day until early August. Our closing date varies and is published in the summer Explore Guide each year. Be sure you wear tennis shoes or boots to the Farm as open-toe or open heel footwear is not allowed in the petting area. For the safety of our visitors, the farm will close for inclement weather. Please visit our Cancellation Page for weather or other closure information, or call 217-805-4100, option 5 for a prerecorded message.
Admission to the farm is free, but donations are appreciated. You may make your donation onsite or by visiting the Champaign Parks Foundation and designating your donation for Prairie Farm.
Bring your kids to check out our kids (baby goats) and other aspects of the farm. Educational tours of Prairie Farm are offered every morning, depending on availability. Tours are 45 minutes in length and include close contact with the animals. Schedule your tour at least three weeks in advance by calling 217-398-2550. Reservations begin booking April 12.
TIme: 11:30a or 12:15p
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60 for 16 or fewer participants; $52/$76 for 17-30 participants
Prairie Farms offers a variety of fun, educational programming for all ages! See our Prairie Farm programs page for more information. >>
June 7 – August 14
Duck, duck, goose! Kids will flock to Prairie Farm for these fun, unique birthday parties! Guests enjoy their own private use of the farm, including a special tour with up close and personal contact with the animals, a piñata, games, and party favors. Don’t be a chicken, call to schedule your party and leave the stress and mess to us!
Times: 11:30a-1p daily
Fee: $175 for up to 20 kids (45 total people including parents)
Reservations: Schedule at least 3 weeks in advance of date. Reservations will be taken starting April 12.
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-819-3986
Weather permitting you and your family can come hang out and pet various animals. Petting animals is at your own risk, even though the area is supervised and the animals are tame. Tennis shoes or boots are required to protect your feet from the dancing animals.
Day: Daily (weather permitting)
Friends of the Farm
Have you ever wanted to raise a rooster, nurture a nanny goat, or pamper a piglet? The Champaign Park District has made it possible for you to bring a new “addition” to your family! Become the proud parent of a Prairie Farm resident of your choice by enrolling in our Friends of the Farm program.
Your home and yard will remain clean and goat-free, while your new addition resides at Prairie Farm. Visit your adoptee all summer long, free of charge! Imagine the look on friends’ faces when you introduce them to the newest member of your family…a piglet!
And it’s sow easy! For an adoption packet, call 217-398-2586 or visit champaignparks.org. For as little as $50, you, your family, or business can have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to provide for the welfare of your adopted animal.
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