How much does the classroom cost to rent and what does it include?
- The classroom is $32.50/hour with a 2 hour minimum.
- This includes staff cleaning and setting up before and after your rental. The set up includes 6 tables with 6 chairs around each, and 1-2 extra tables for food and presents.
- You are able to show up 30 minutes prior to your rental time to decorate and get ready, but we ask that you are out as close to your ending time as possible as we have to clean and set up for the next rental so they can show up 30 minutes prior as well.
When can I rent the classroom?
- We have 6 time slots to choose from each weekend. They are 9-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 3-5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
- You are able to rent longer than a 2 hour time window with the Farm Park Coordinators approval.
- It is NOT available on the weekends in October. We have our Harvest Fest event every weekend and will be using the classroom for that.
Is there anything else I can add to the classroom rental?
- Bounce House: We set up the bounce house right outside the classroom. It is $35/hour with a 2 hour minimum. These 2 hours don't have to be the same 2 hours that you have the classroom rented for, but it is ideal that they overlap at least 1 of the hours. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or wind speeds exceed 15 mph, it is not safe and won't be set up.
- Cow Train: We provide staff to drive the cow train around the farm. It is $50/hour with a 1 hour minimum. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or really cold it can't be rented.
What and when are some of the events you have?
- Easter at the Farm (2018): Come on out to our controlled Easter Egg Hunt! Enjoy the spring babies and take your picture in front of our Easter themed backdrop.
- Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Fun Family Fishing Nights (2018): This is an event to get out and enjoy some family time together. It is $5 per pole, ages 2 and under are FREE. This fee also includes bait and tackle, access to a bonfire, cow train, and bounce house. Bring a lawn chair, hot dogs, s'mores fixin's, or even your own pole. This is catch and release only. You must register prior to the event date you are attending by calling 417-837-5949.
- Friday, June 8, from 6-9 p.m.
- Friday, July 13, from 6-9 p.m.
- Friday, August 10, from 6-9 p.m.
- Haunted Trail of Horrors (2018): This is for children ages 8+ (ages 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult), ages 7 and under are NOT ALLOWED. This event falls during our Harvest Fest event in the evenings. It is $5 per person. A hayride will bring you down to the Haunted Trail and drop you off. You will then walk 1/3 of a mile on a paved path through the haunted woods, and the hayride will shuttle you back up to main campus. The pumpkin patch and corn maze are also open during these times.
- Friday, October 5, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 6, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Friday, October 12, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Friday, October 19, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 20, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Friday, October 26, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 27, from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Harvest Fest (2018): This is our biggest event of the year that happens every weekend in October. Admission is free but activities have a small fee. We have a 5 acre pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin from, a 5 acre corn maze to get lost in, inflatables to bounce in, carnival games to win, and cow trains and grain train and hay rides to ride on. There are also plenty of photo opportunities to help remember the memories being made. On Saturday nights, the corn maze and pumpkin patch will remain open until 10 p.m.
- Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, September 30, from 12-6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 7, from 12-6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, from 12-6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 21, from 12-6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 28, from 12-6 p.m.
- Candy Cane Lane (2018): This is a drive-through light display that costs $5 per vehicle. It will take you on a meandering path through the farm so you can see all the animated and still lights.
- Friday, November 30, from 5-8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 1, from 5-8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 2, from 5-8 p.m.
- Friday, December 7, from 5-8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, from 5-8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, from 5-8 p.m.
- Friday, December 14, from 5-8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, from 5-8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, from 5-8 p.m.
What is there to do on a normal day?
- There are many different activities to do that are free on a normal day. We have a farm-themed playground to play on, pedal tractors to ride, animals to see and pet, a pond to fish in (has a small fee), shop around in the Gift Shop, and antique tractors to take pictures on. We also have Wilson's Creek Walking Trail that makes up the northern border of our property to walk on. Or you could bring a kite, blanket, and picnic basket and sit and have a picnic, or bring a team of people and play ball games.
How much does it cost to fish at the pond?
- It costs $3.50, per pole to go fishing. That includes your pole, bait, and tackle. You can also bring your own pole, bait, and tackle; we just ask that you still pay a $1.50 fee. No fishing license is required because it is catch and release fishing only. Ages 5 and under are free with a paid adult. The pond is open from March - October.
What kind of fish are in the pond?
- We have the pond stocked with largemouth bass, hybrid bluegill, and channel catfish.
I'm in the barn, but I don't see any animals. Where are all the animals?
- If the weather is nice, the animals will be out in their corrals just east of the big animal barn. You can watch them play and pet them, but we ask that you do not feed them.
How much does it cost to come out to the farm?
- Admission is always FREE. There is only a small fee for the activities during a festival, to fish in the pond, and to purchase items from the gift shop.
How do I rent an Urban Garden and what are the prices?
- There are 60 small and large raised garden beds on the northeast corner of the property that are available to rent for the gardening season, which runs from March 1 through October 31. The renters are responsible for all of the care and maintenance of their bed and receive 100% of the harvest. Participants will have the opportunity to renew their registration for the following year. Renewal must be finalized by January 31 for the upcoming garden season. All beds not renewed will be open to new renters beginning February 1. In order to rent a garden plot, you would come in to the Gift Shop and take an application to fill out. There will be a background check done that will take a couple of weeks to be completed. You will then get paperwork to get a volunteer badge and receive your key for the gate.
- 8' x 16' plot: $25 per season
- 16' x 16' plot: $40 per season
- Want your plot prepped and ready for you to plant first thing? RW staff will add soil amendments, till, and smooth your garden bed in preparation for the upcoming season upon request. Additional fees do apply:
- 8’ x 16’ plot: $15 one-time fee
- 16’ x 16’ plot: $30 one-time fee
Who is the owner of the farm?
- The City of Springfield actually owns the farm park. They purchased the property in 2001 as part of the 20/20 vision plan. The farm opened to the public in December of 2007.
What is the history of the farm?
- The original farmhouse on the property was actually located where the fishing pond currently sits. Unfortunately, the home burned and the family re-built the structure on the highest point of the property. Although the home is not quite as old, the stone foundation is inscribed with the date 1908, giving the impressions that something was located there along with the original farmhouse. The bathroom by the kitchen was added in the 1970's. The space was originally used as a kitchen pantry. An outhouse was located just north of the garage/milk house. The home doesn't have a shower or a bathtub. The family heated water and took baths in a portable tub in the kitchen once a week. A shower was eventually built in the garage/milk house.
- The authenticity of the milking barn makes it an important aspect of the farm park both from a historical and educational perspective. Though not yet complete, the Park Board would like to partner with a family or local business to renovate the barn into another classroom and demonstration area. It will provide an authentic setting for visitors to learn about dairy cows and the many dairy products made from milk. Renovation of the milking barn will also be a part of Phase II improvements to the park.
- The actual dairy bottling operation took place in the garage next to the farmhouse, which the family called the Milk House. There was a boiler at the south end for sterilizing bottles; and you can still see the brick flue from the inside. The bottles were placed in crates and run through the steam vat before filling. All milk was sold in quart glass bottles and the cream was sold in smaller bottles. The family operated a milk route to deliver the milk. The dairy operation was called "Walnut Grove Farm Dairy," because the area south of the original house was jam-packed with walnut trees which proved to be a good source of income.
What holidays are you closed?
- We are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.