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Prairie Farm Programs

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.


All Ages
Once upon a time, the Prairie Farm animals hosted story time. Children of all ages stopped by the farm to enjoy animal stories. Some children brought blankets and picnic baskets filled with goodies. Others just brought their smile, but they all lived happily ever after.

Date: May 25 – July 27
Day: Monday
Time: 2-2:30p
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


Ages 2-4, with parent
Hay, hay, hay! Here’s a fun class for little ones to enjoy with their parents! Sessions include plenty of contact with the animals, arts & crafts, games, and songs. Wear tennis shoes or boots to all classes – NO sandals, please. T-shirt included in fee!

*There will be one make up date scheduled for each session should cancellation be required due to weather. Refunds will not be available if weather causes more than one cancellation.
Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Min/Max Make-up Class ID

Deadline: 1 week prior to start date
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



Ages 4-11, drop off program
Here’s a program where horsin’ around and getting dirty is encouraged! Kids can develop an appreciation for animals and learn about their care through hands-on activities. Wear clothes that can get dirty and tennis shoes or boots. Fee includes a t-shirt!

  • Ages 4-5
    • Geared toward pre-readers, with emphasis on animal appreciation and identification.
  • Ages 6-7
    • Emphasis is placed on animal welfare with more advanced crafts and activities.
  • Ages 8-11
    • Basic animal handling techniques are covered.

Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather cancellations unless more than one of the four classes in a session are canceled. If more than class is canceled we will offer a prorated refund.

Deadline: 1 week prior to start date
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



Ages 3-7, with parent
Join our staff to learn about the animals on the farm and how we care for them plus a themed craft activity. You will get to interact with the animals, so tennis shoes or boots are required for all classes.

Fee (R/NR): $12/$18 per child
Deadline: 1 week prior to start date
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



Ages 6-11
Barnyard Fun offers a variety of hands-on activities. Children will learn about the care and maintenance of the farm and animals. Crafts, games, and plenty of time with the animals make this an egg-straordinarily fun time! Fee includes a t-shirt. Be sure to wear tennis shoes or boots – NO sandals, please.

Deadline: 1 week prior to start date
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


CUSR Inclusion Services

Champaign Park District supports inclusion at all youth summer programs and programs through Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation. Upon an initial assessment, services that are deemed appropriate based on each individual will be provided. If needed, a one-on-one aide will work with your child. When registering, please fill in ADA information on registration form. Call CUSR at 217-239-1152 for more information.

Scholarship & CCRS

Scholarships & Resource Services

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. Questions: 217-398-2550.

CPD & CUSR Scholarship Forms will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.  Page 3 is for each child requesting assistance, so print multiple copies if needed:  

If a participant would like to apply for more programs than space allowed on the form, please use the following form for additional program:

If you would like to submit your completed scholarship application with the required documents by email, please send them to tom.gilbert@champaignparks.org.

Child Care Resource Service (CCRS)

Child Care Resource Service helps income-eligible parents who are working and/or going to school to pay for their child care. Eligibility is based on family size and parents’ income. Working families whose incomes are at or below 50% of the state median income level may be eligible. Processing the application can take up to 10 business days, once all the necessary information is received. Please pick up an application form from CCRS. CCRS approved families may register for summer youth programs by paying a $10 deposit per child/per session of the program. These deposits may be refunded at the end of the summer once all CCRS checks are received and there is a credit balance. If money is still owed on your account once CCRS checks have been applied, you will be responsible for the rest of the bill. Because the Park District does not receive payment from CCRS until one month after the service was provided, your deposit could be refunded as late as October.

Please Note: Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is unable to accept CCRS payment due to changes in governmental regulations.

Questions: Child Care Resource Service (http://ccrs.illinois.edu/), 217-333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516

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