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Prairie Farm (seasonal facility)

Prairie Farm features a variety of farm animals and activities for everyone to explore. For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes must be worn when participating in programs or entering the Petting Zoo. No admission is charged, but donations to help us keep operating are appreciated. In the event of inclement weather, Prairie Farm will be closed. Be sure to check the rainout line (217-805-4100) for closure updates.

Questions: 217-398-2583 during business hours or email david.galvin@champaignparks.org

– Facility Information –

2202 W. Kirby Ave.

217-398-2583 (in season); 217-398-2550 (out-of-season)

Open Season: May 29 – August 13

Daily Hours: 1-7p

Email: david.galvin@champaignparks.org

– 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.

– Animals at Prairie Farm –







Koi Fish  


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.


All Ages
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. Plan to wear closed-to shoes. Schedule your tour at least three weeks in advance by calling 217-398-2550. Reservations begin booking April 12.

Date: 6/2-7/30, 2023
Day: M-F
TIme: 11:30a or 12:15p
Fee (R/NR): $50/$70 for 16 or fewer participants; $66/$99 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. >>

Birthday Package

June 6 – August 13

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!

Days: Daily, 11:30a-1p
Fee (R/NR): $215/$265 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 11, 2023.
Questions: david.galvin@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3986

For Current Party Rental Information and Pricing, Click the Button Below.


Petting Area

All Ages
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.

For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes must be worn when participating in programs or entering the Petting Zoo.

Date: 5/29-8/13, 2023
Day: Daily (weather permitting)
Time: 3–5p

Friends of the Farm

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.

Adoption Packet >>

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