With the ongoing concern about spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff. Based on guidance put out by the state of Illinois and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Spring Valley Nature Center remains closed to visitors. Additionally, all events, rentals and camps through the end of August have been cancelled. Some family and youth programs are scheduled for July and August. Please see our Virtual Program Guide for more information. As the situation continues to evolve, cancellations and closure information may change
The Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley is an earth-sheltered, passive-solar natural history museum and visitor center. It includes interactive exhibits on local plants and animals, a children’s activity area, library, and living turtle pond display. Adjacent to the Nature Center is a Kid’s Vegetable Garden, Backyards for Wildlife display, and a new Monarch Rearing & Education Station. The Monarch Rearing Station operates from May – September and includes daily butterfly releases, weather permitting.
The Nature Center also provides information on programs and events, program registration, restrooms, and a gift sale area.
All facilities closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.