The Children’s Farm, located in Palos Park, is a hidden gem of the southwest suburbs. The farm is a part of The Center whose mission “is to give people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages the space to dream, grow, and become fully alive–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”
The Center consists of a chapel, a farm, classrooms, camps and an AA-based long-term recovery program. The land that surrounds the farm is a microcosm of mid-western geographical features. It includes a slough, marshes, forests, prairies, ponds and cultivated land. There is an abundance of wild animals that roam the land. There are also domesticated animals that include chickens, rabbits, cows, horses and pigs that are housed in pens and barns. You can walk the trails or ride in a tractor-driven wagon. It is easy to picture what Palos Park may have looked like in the late 1800s.
This farm is not just for children. In pre-Covid days, the farm offered adult art classes, yoga and various other programs. Hopefully all of the programs will return. The farm is celebrating a grand re-opening. Spend some time enjoying the beauty of nature and the wonders of farming.