Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL 60185
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Hours of Operation

The farmstead and visitor center are open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and select holidays. Admission is always free.

The surrounding Timber Ridge Forest Preserve and visitor center restrooms are open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Programs and Events

For upcoming programs and events at Kline Creek Farm, visit the Calendar of Events.

Questions?

Call Kline Creek Farm at (630) 876-5900, or e-mail kcf@dupageforest.org

 

Kline Creek Farm

Step back in time and experience what life was like on a DuPage County Farm in the 1890s. Stroll through restored farmstead structures and meet the historically-costumed interpreters operating this living-history farm using the tools and techniques of the past. Activities and events at the farm re-create the seasonal rhythms that have governed farm life for centuries. There is always something to see, do and learn at Kline Creek Farm.

Kline Creek Farm Education Programs

Kline Creek Farm presents 19th-century farm activities, such as baking, canning, planting, harvesting, sheep shearing and ice cutting, through programs designed for individuals, families and groups. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events.

The "A Day At The Farm" educational program allows students to see how families lived more than a century ago. The field trip provides opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of farm activities. For program information, view the "Teachers Guide" featuring Kline Creek Farm's programs on page 9. 

During the summer, children ages 7 – 12 can participate in the “Farmhands” day camp, where they’ll experience life on an 1890s farm, including chores, domestic activities and games. For more Information on the Farmhands day camp sessions and registration forms, click here. For a 2014 Kline Creek Farm Farmhands Scholarship Application, click here.

Kline Creek Farm also offers programs that meet state curriculum standards for grammar school and high school classes. For more information, view the "Teachers Guide" or call the farm at (630) 876-5900.

For Scouts and Scout Leaders

Learn more about opportunities for Scouts and other youth groups at Kline Creek. For more information, view the "Scouting Guide."

The Farmstead

The farmhouse was the center of domestic activities and today contains original artifacts and reproductions that enhance its homelike atmosphere. House tours start on the hour from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and present topics from baking, canning, quilting and spring cleaning to preparing the house for special celebrations.

Depending on the time of year, staff and volunteers plant heirloom fruits and vegetables in the kitchen garden, tend to the orchard, work in the wagon shed or cure sausages in the smoke house. Percheron work horses help plant and harvest crops of corn, oats, and other small grains; and resident livestock, such as the farm’s Southdown sheep, Shorthorn and Angus cattle, and chickens, occupy the farm’s coop, barn, fold, and pastures.

Beekeeping is also a long-standing tradition at Kline Creek Farm. Since 1984 volunteer beekeepers have managed the farmstead’s apiary by caring for the bees, extracting and processing honey, and leading educational programs and tours that focus on the honeybee’s role as primary pollinator for two-thirds of all U.S. crops. The sale of honey at the Timber Ridge Visitor Center helps to support farm programs and operations. For more on our beekeeping program, watch “Caring for Bees.

Timber Ridge Visitor Center

Inside the Timber Ridge Visitor Center, seasonal exhibits present elements of the 1890s and the agricultural heritage of DuPage County. The center has modern restrooms, a drinking fountain, general forest preserve information and a center store where visitors can purchase beverages and snacks. Unique gifts are also available such as locally-produced honey and soaps, Victoriana, children’s toys, games and books.

Volunteering

Kline Creek Farm volunteers participate in activities from cooking on a wood-burning stove and collecting eggs from the chicken coop to helping guests share in the 1890s experience. For more information, visit Kline Creek Farm Volunteers, or contact the Forest Preserve District’s Volunteer Services office at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.com.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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