Spring Valley

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

PLEASE NOTE: The Heritage Farm Visitor Center is currently undergoing renovation. Click here to learn more!

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.

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General Information:

At Spring Valley, visitors can learn about nature and local history. Along with exploring, discovering, observing and listening, the following activities are encouraged.

  • Walking
  • Birdwatching
  • Sketching and painting
  • Photography
  • Reading and writing
  • Relaxing
  • Learning

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. Please take only memories, leave only footprints! 

To protect Spring Valley's natural and cultural resources, respect other visitors and ensure your safety and the safety of others, the following are NOT permitted:

  • Dogs/pets
  • Riding bicycles
  • Rollerblading, skateboarding, scootering, etc.
  • Picking or collecting flowers, plants, berries, etc.
  • Feeding wildlife or farm livestock
  • Fishing
  • Capturing or removing wildlife
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Picnicking outside of designated areas
  • Amplified music
  • Walking off of marked trails
  • Balloons or balloon releases
  • Remote-controlled toys, cars, etc.
  • Athletic equipment, balls, etc.


Nature Center - 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.

Heritage Farm - 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.

Merkle Cabin - 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.

Hiking Trails & Trail Map

Spring Valley features over three miles of handicapped-accessible hiking trails. View our trail map here.


Spring Valley has programs that change seasonally for all ages groups and interests. View programs in the District's program guide.

Special Events

Spring Valley holds a number of special events throughout the year. View upcoming special events here.


Leave No Child Inside

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.

Master Plan

Click here to read the 2019-2023 Spring Valley Master Plan.