** Parking Lot Closure Notice: The Spring Valley Nature Center parking lot will be CLOSED August 15 through August 18 during construction. Patrons may still access the Heritage Farm and Spring Valley trails by parking at the lot on Plum Grove Road or on nearby residential streets. The Nature Center will remain open.
Spring Valley is a refuge of 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams. Spring Valley also features over three miles of handicapped-accessible hiking trails, a nature center with natural history displays and information, and an 1880s living history farm. Spring Valley is open to the general public and admission is free.
Spring Valley is an outdoor living museum, where visitors can learn about nature and local history. Along with exploring, discovering, observing and listening, the following activities are encouraged.
- Sketching & painting
- Reading & writing
In order to help preserve Spring Valley’s natural resources for both present and future generations, all visitors are asked to remain on marked trails.
The following activities are NOT permitted
- Walking pets
- Riding bicycles
- Picking or collecting plants, berries, etc.
- Feeding wildlife or farm livestock
- Consumption of alcohol
- Picnicking outside of designated areas
Hours of Operation
The site is open daily.
- 8AM to 8PM, April through October
- 8AM to 5PM, November through March.
- Heritage Farm is closed Dec. 1 to March 1.
Adventure Park Pack Rental
This park pack contains equipment, supplies, activities and books to engage with nature. Packs are great for children, parents, teachers and scout leaders. Packs can be borrowed for two weeks and cost $5 with credit card. Users are responsible for all contents. Reserve one by calling 847/985-2100.
Make your child's party
a historic event! Choose from two fun-filled themes. Parties are two hours in length and include one hour of themed, staff-led activities and a farm tour. Pizza, drinks, cake, ice cream and paper goods are provided. Available Monday to Saturday from 2 to 5PM.
The Schaumburg Park District maintains nearly 300 acres of preserved natural areas
throughout the district. In addition to 135-acre Spring Valley, four designated conservation areas provide homes for wildlife and give residents opportunities to experience wild nature close to home and appreciate the beauty of Illinois’ native plants and animals.
Step back into the past for a look at Schaumburg as it was in the 1880s - a rural German farm community. Authentically dressed interpreters at Heritage Farm welcome and share activities with visitors throughout the site. Heritage Farm is closed Dec. 1 to March 1. For more information, call 847/985-2102.
Hiking Trails & Trail Map
Spring Valley features over three miles of handicapped-accessible hiking trails. A complete trail map is available here (PDF).
Leave No Child Inside
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN)
was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
Spring Valley's log cabin
is nestled among whispering pines, just a short walk from the visitor center. This unique facility, along with an adjacent fire pit and picnic shelter, can be rented for private parties and business functions. Maximum capacity is 30 people.
This earth-sheltered visitor center
provides an introduction to Spring Valley's 135 acres. It contains natural history exhibits that change seasonally, an observation tower, classrooms, an extensive library, gift sales area and restrooms.
Programs Spring Valley classes and programs
for all age groups and interests. Programs change seasonally and are geared for specific age groups.
Shop at Woods and Fields
Items sold in the gift case at Woods and Fields
. are educational and reasonably priced. All proceeds from these sales benefit Spring Valley. The Spring Valley Nature Club also has shirts, bags and hats. The sale of these items benefit the Nature Club.
Spring Valley holds a number of special events
throughout the year. View the Spring Valley 2016 Special Events Schedule
Volunteering at Spring Valley Spring Valley's volunteer program
encourages community involvement and assistance in the ongoing restoration of the sanctuary and with the presentation of public programs and special events.