District Cancels Family Field Day at St. James Farm Due to Wet Conditions

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District Cancels Family Field Day at St. James Farm Due to Wet Conditions

Instead, Forest Preserve District adds variety of other fun, family-friendly programs at forest preserves

(May 23, 2019) — Family Field Day at St. James Farm will not take place on June 1 at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville due to recent rains and subsequent flooding issues, which will hamper public-parking accommodations. All routes to access the public-parking fields are saturated and unpassable. This marquee event welcomes more than 5,000 visitors, their vehicles and heavy foot traffic through areas now inundated with standing water.
"We were looking forward to welcoming the public back to St. James Farm to kick off the summer with Family Field Day, but Mother Nature unfortunately had other plans,” said Wayne Zaininger, equestrian education manager at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. “We want the public to embrace St. James Farm at its best, and vehicles potentially getting stuck in mud and visitors walking along wet, mud-covered trails or walkways do not create the experiences we want for our patrons.”

Trails, picnic areas, fishing and a variety of sculptures at the more than 600-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve will remain open for daily visitors to enjoy. Public parking is available in the paved main lot off Winfield Road.

Visitors are invited to enjoy a variety of other free, family-oriented programs and activities this summer not only at St. James Farm but other DuPage forest preserves.

“The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of signature programs for visitors of all ages and interests,” said Director of Community Services & Education Anamari Dorgan. “Parents can bring their children to a forest preserve to learn how to fish or try their hand at archery, and adults can connect to nature by taking a guided hike through the woods or dabbling in art. Most activities at these one-day programs and tournaments are free.”

Danada Equestrian Center has moved its “Horsin’ Around” program in June, July and August to St. James Farm’s refurbished indoor riding arena, come rain or shine. These fun-filled equine days include children’s activities and up-close-and-personal opportunities to learn about horses. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-668-6012.
Mustang Appreciation Day June 8 Noon – 4 p.m.
St. James Farm Day July 6 Noon – 4 p.m.
Tractor Day Aug. 24 Noon – 4 p.m.

Bring the family to the “Just for Kids Fishing Derby” on June 9 from 8 a.m. – noon at Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. This friendly fishing competition is just for kids 15 and younger with raffles and prizes for the biggest catches. Ages 15 and under with an adult. Free. Register online, at the event or at 630-933-7248.

Learn why some farmers bred Shorthorn cattle for milk and some for meat at “Dairy Month” on Thursdays through Mondays, June 1 through 30 at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Discover how farmers milked their cows, and why the windmill was vital to a farm’s dairy operations. On weekends, watch cooking demonstrations. Activities vary. All ages. Free.

Explore Mayslake Hall during a self-guided tour, see its new programming space in the library, enjoy live music and theater, try archery or kayking, and more at “Discover Mayslake” on July 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. No registration. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Learn about archery equipment, try some of the basics with a certified instructor, and talk to representatives from local archery groups at the “Archery Open House” on Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.

St. James Farm Forest Preserve is located on Winfield Road 0.25 mile north of Butterfield Road. The forest preserve is open one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset. Admission is always free. For more information call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org

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, six 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, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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

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