Businesses Sought for Mission-Aligned Uses for Historic Greene Farm Barn

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Businesses Sought for Potential Mission-Aligned Uses for Historic Greene Farm Barn

Ad hoc committee exploring uses, funding sources for 14,OOO-square-foot timber-frame barn

(Aug. 7, 2019) — A Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ad hoc committee is seeking businesses with ideas for mission-aligned uses of the Greene Farm barn, located at the southeast corner of Hobson and Greene roads in Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville/Woodridge.
“The Forest Preserve District recently entered into a license agreement with Tinkergarten, a business with programs that fit the District’s mission,” said ad hoc committee chair Rachel Jenness. “The Greene Farm barn could provide a location for a similar complementary agreement.”

Businesses looking for a distinctive environment for activities, meetings, discussions, classes, performances, parties, exhibits, camps, trainings and more are encouraged to consider how the historic timber-frame barn could complement their missions as well as that of the Forest Preserve District. Interested parties are invited to contact Jenness at with their ideas.

“The Greene Farm barn is a public asset,” said ad hoc committee member Troy Cooper. “Relationships with businesses and other organizations through license agreements could minimize District expenses and expand program diversity for county residents.”

The Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners created the ad hoc committee in January 2019 to explore potential uses for the Greene Farm barn that would not only benefit the public the most but also align with the District’s mission and master plan goals and objectives.

In addition to the barn, the 1,388-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve has a 190-foot scenic overlook, 12 miles of trails, picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area, a model craft area and a youth-group campground. It is also home to more than 540 types of native plants, making it one of the county’s most botanically diverse sites.

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, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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