District Modifies 2018 Event Schedule Due to St. James Farm Project

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District Modifies 2018 Event Schedule Due to St. James Farm Improvement Project

No Family Field Day in 2018; Plenty of Other District Fun-Filled Summer Programs

(March 27, 2018) — Due to the ongoing construction for improvements at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s St. James Farm in Warrenville, the May 26 Family Field Day will not take place this year. Families are invited to enjoy a variety of other fun nature-inspired programs and activities offered this summer by the District.

Work on the indoor riding arena improvements at St. James Farm will bring the building up to code so it can be used for public activities such as horse shows, exhibitions, riding clinics and classes, therapeutic riding programs, plant sales, indoor archery events and receptions. Once the work is completed, the area around the arena will need to be graded and seeded, and then given time for the grass to grow back in.

Trails, picnic areas, fishing and a variety of sculptures and artwork at the nearly 600-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve have remained open for daily visitors to enjoy.

“St. James Farm is already a gem and once complete, the indoor riding arena will be a tremendous asset to the community and a wonderful venue for a variety of additional programs and activities,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we put things back together and give the grass time to firmly take root.”

Meanwhile, the public is invited to enjoy a variety of other free programs and activities such as archery, boating, family camping, fishing, golfing and picnicking throughout the summer.

Just for Kids Fishing Derby, June 10, 8 a.m. – noon, Blackwell. Bring the family to this friendly fishing competition just for kids 15 and younger. Free. Register online, at the event, or at 630-933-7248.

Celebrating the Fourth, June 30, 1:30 – 8 p.m., Kline Creek Farm. Experience the excitement of one of the country’s first holidays. In the afternoon, play baseball using rules from 1887, make crafts, and watch model hot-air balloon launches. Stay into the evening for a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a leisurely ice cream social. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.

Discover Mayslake, July 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mayslake. Take a self-guided tour of the mansion, enjoy live music, dabble in art, try archery or take your camera on a photography walk. All ages; under 14 with an adult. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Archery Open House, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Blackwell. Drop by this open house and try the basics with a certified instructor. Equipment provided. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.

“I will miss Family Field Day this year, but we want to put our best foot forward when we welcome the community to experience the new improvements at St. James Farm,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6. “The improvements will help us accommodate even better events in the future. Stay tuned for the exciting updates to our event schedule in the months and years ahead.”

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Tony Martinez Jr., Director of Communications & Marketing
630-871-6406 | tmartinez@dupageforest.org

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