Phone: 217-398-2583 (in season); 217-398-2550 (out-of-season)
Farm Hours: Daily, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Petting Area Hours: Daily, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Open seasonally from Memorial Day through early August. 2017 season begins Saturday, May 27, 2017 and runs through August 13, 2017.
Prairie Farm is a replica turn-of-the century farm complete with barn, farmhouse, pond, pasture, & flower garden. 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.
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.
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.
Looking to make your visit special? Schedule a farm tour for you and up to 30 friends. Tours are 45 minutes in length and include personalized animal encounters led by our expert staff. Please schedule your tour at least three weeks in advance. Tours are available seasonally Monday – Friday between the hours of 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Cost and other booking information is available in the Prairie Farm section of our summer program guide.
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, because your new addition will reside 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 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. Your adoption money goes toward the feeding and health needs of all the animals at Prairie Farm. Become a Friend of the Farm today! Please call call 217-398-2583 for any questions, and take a look at our adoption packet!