Kline Creek Farm, located in West Chicago and a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, provides visitors with a hands-on peek into the past. This farm provides a glance back at what farm life looked like in the Midwest in the 1890’s. You’ll find a lot to do year-round at Kline Creek, but spring time on the farm is especially interesting. March is lambing season, so be sure to visit the lamb’s barn where you will hear from staff, all dressed in traditional clothing, about how the newest additions to the farm are cared for. You’ll also find that all the maple trees around the farm are tapped as they collect the sap to make maple syrup. A large cast iron kettle sits in the center of the farm over a low fire, as they boil the sap to create the sweet syrup we all love. You can learn from experts about the sugaring process, and you can even taste the sap directly from the trees.
There is plenty more to explore too! Collect eggs from the chicken coop, tour the farmhouse and learn about home life long ago, practice bailing hay with a pitchfork, see if you can spot the cats lounging in the barns, and walk the trails to see how they prepare the fields for planting in the spring.
This is a great family activity because there’s lots of space to run around and explore, all while learning a bit of history. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Have fun on the farm, and use the hashtag #outandaboutwithcompass on Instagram to share your adventures!