Nature Center

Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley

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

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.

Hours of Operation

Summer (April 1 -Oct. 31)

  • Museum & Visitor Center: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Grounds & Trails: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Winter (Nov. 1 -March 31)

  • Museum & Visitor Center: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grounds & Trails: Daily: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All facilities closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

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