Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park

Rutledge-Wilson Farm
Location
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park was first envisioned as part of the community's Vision 20 / 20 process, and has become a reality for Greene County and the Springfield metro area as a result of a 1/4 cent parks sales tax approved by voters in 2001.

The 207-acre farm park was created to provide educational, as well as various recreational resources for the community and will celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the area. Amenities include a new animal barn, new visitor's center and gift shop, and milking barn. The grounds will consist of demonstration crops and gardens, 20-acre native prairie, pasture land, one-mile paved trail, farm-themed playground, and Wilson's Creek.

Special thanks to the Rutledge-Wilson families for their generous support of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
 
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Directions

From I-44:
  • West on I-44
  • Exit on West Bypass- turn left off of exit
  • Continue South on West Bypass until you reach Farm Road 146, then turn right (Bradford Mini Storage on corner)
  • RW Farm is approximately 1 mile down FR 146 on the right hand side
From Sunshine:
  • West on Sunshine
  • Right onto West Bypass
  • Take first left- Farm Road 146
  • Farm is approximately 1 mile down FR 146 on the right hand side

Life on The Farm
When you visit Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, you can enjoy the following activities:
  •     See who lives in the big red barn
  •     Farm animal meet and greets
  •     Gift shop
  •     Play on the farm-themed playground
  •     Enjoy special events throughout the year
  •     View demonstration gardens and crops
  •     Fish in the fishing pond
  •     Walk, run or bike the Wilson's Creek Trail
Admission is Free
      Admission fees do apply to special events and education programs.

Farm Fun Facts
  • It takes approximately 280,000 seeds to plant our 10 acre corn maze. Of those seeds, about 90% will result in an actual cornstalk.  That means that our corn maze has about 252,000 stalks of corn!
  • Dottie, our Holstein cow, eats about 30 pounds of food every day! (A combination of grass and grain.) This usually takes her about 6 ½ hours each day. She also drinks about 25 gallons of water each day!
  • Today's American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide. In 1960, that number was 25.8 people.
  • One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. At the farm, we have 2 sheep that are sheared 2 times per year. Each sheep produces approximately 2 pounds of yarn each time they are sheared.