Spring Valley's Nature Center and log cabin are available for rental Monday through Sunday when they are not being used for classes. To rent a room for parties, meetings and special occasions, calling the Nature Center is recommended, as we can let you know if your preferred date is available and answer questions about capacities, room set-up, rates, etc. You will then be asked to complete a room rental application (see link below).
Applications and damage deposit must be submitted to the facility at which the rental is requested at least two weeks before the rental date. People wishing to serve alcoholic beverages must submit a written request to the Park District, obtain a liquor permit from the village, and provide host liquor liability insurance.
Call 847-985-2100 for information.
Spring Valley offers three different picnic shelters, each with its own unique character. The Merkle Cabin picnic shelter is located within a wooded setting in the heart of Spring Valley and includes use of an outdoor firepit. Use of the site includes firewood, trash/recycling receptacles, benches and picnic tables, and a portable toilet. The adjacent Merkle Log Cabin contains a restroom and may be rented for additional fees. Parking is limited to 10 cars.
Heritage Farm has a picnic shelter within the farm’s historic buildings and grounds. This shelter includes picnic tables, trash/recycling receptacles, and a portable toilet. It is only available after 4 p.m. when not in use for farm programs. Parking is available at nearby St. Matthew’s Church.
Near the Nature Center, a large new shelter is tucked into the woods just east of the parking lot. This shelter can accommodate larger groups and has adjacent restrooms, and proximity to the Nature Center Museum and Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground.
All shelter rentals must abide by the following guidelines: No alcohol or amplified music permitted, no grilling or cooking of food, no pets, no smoking of any kind. Additional restrictions may apply. More information is available here.
Note: special rates apply to nonprofit groups and commercial enterprises wishing to rent space for business purposes. Call the Visitor Services Coordinator for information.
Certain areas of Spring Valley may be reserved for outdoor events or weddings. Maximum capacity is 100 persons and other restrictions apply. More information is available here.