The St. Charles Park District is a special purpose government unit. It is the mission to enrich the quality of life of Park District residents through excellence in programs, parks, facilities, and services. The Parks Department is charged with the maintenance, operations and enhancement of all parks and natural areas and the provision of environmental education programs and related services. The Parks Department maintains numerous sites including two dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves (Norris Woods and Ferson Creek Fen), James O. Breen Community Park, East Side Sports Complex, Primrose Farm, Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, Boy Scout Island, area bike trails, as well as numerous mini-parks, neighborhood parks, community parks, and associated multipurpose fields and play equipment. Together, the Park District owns and manages more than 1,400 acres.