Bison's Bluff

1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg · 847-985-2100

Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is designed to engage children in active and passive play in a natural setting.

Hours of Operation (May-August)

  • Daily: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.*

*One-hour play sessions are scheduled each day to help enforce capacity limits. The capacity for Bison’s Bluff is 150 people. If the playground is nearing capacity, one-hour play sessions will begin to be enforced to ensure equal access and a safe play environment for all. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 847-985-2100 to check on the current capacity. Play sessions are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Admission Fee

Admission for children younger than 2 and adults is always free.

  • $2/resident (children ages 2-12)
  • $3/non-resident (children ages 2-12)

During spring/summer/fall seasons, play sessions are one hour. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.


The following updated guidelines will be in effect at all times:

  • For safety reasons, the nature playground will CLOSE during inclement weather or steady rain.
  • Maintenance work may result in closures during weekdays. Call (847) 985-2100 or check this page for updates on closures.
  • Pets are not permitted within the playground or on nature trails.
  • Bikes, scooters and skateboards are not permitted within the playground or on nature trails.
  • Outside toys, balls, balloons, etc. are not permitted within the playground.
  • Picnics are not permitted inside the playground (there are new picnic shelters near the playground entrance). Restrooms are also located next to the playground.

Organized Youth Groups

Organized youth groups from schools, summer day camps and child care facilities are welcome to visit Bison’s Bluff but MUST make a reservation prior to visiting. Groups no larger than 30 with a reservation will be permitted to use the playground during any one-hour play session.

The fee for visiting youth groups is $4/child.

General Information

This unique custom-designed play area includes natural materials (logs, boulders, sand, water, etc.) as well as nature-themed play structures and manufactured features that mimic a rock bluff and cliff face, fallen logs, a flowing stream, wetland, beaver lodge, etc. A visit to the playground will inspire active, open-ended, creative forms of play, similar to that enjoyed by previous generations of children who grew up wandering fields, forests, and streams near their homes. The goal is to inspire today’s youth to remain active, develop agility, learn resilience, discover the benefits of cooperation and experimentation, solve problems and learn to navigate the world around them confidently.

In addition to Bison’s Bluff, Spring Valley includes the Vera Meineke Nature Center, Volkening Heritage Farm Visitor Center, and more than 3 miles of nature trails. The Nature Play Discovery Trail leads to small themed ‘play pockets’ that provide opportunities for nature play in more secluded settings.

Pathway stones are available for purchase at the entrance of Bison's Bluff. To purchase a pathway stone, please complete an order form.

Please be aware that the following are NOT PERMITTED within the play area and anywhere on Spring Valley’s trails:

  • Pets
  • Bikes, scooters, and skateboards
  • Glass containers
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Picking or collecting plants, flowers, berries, etc.

Please help your children to observe the following common-sense safety rules within the nature playground:

  • Water features are NOT designed for swimming or drinking – water is NOT potable!
  • Closely watch smaller children playing near stream and climbing features.
  • Do NOT throw stones, sand, or sticks.
  • Do NOT climb up onto rocks above waterfall.
  • Do NOT bring water toys, squirt guns, balls, etc. into nature playground.

Snacks and beverages are permitted within the play area HOWEVER, in consideration of others and to reduce trash and litter within play area, please use designated picnic area next to the parking lot for larger gatherings, parties, and picnic meals!

NOTE: A picnic shelter located nearby may be rented for private parties and groups. Call in advance to reserve this space.


Bison's Bluff Summer FAQs (PDF)

For more information, please call 847-985-2100 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.