Visitor Center Renovation

Heritage Farm Visitor Center Renovation: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the purpose of the Visitor Center renovation at Heritage Farm?

In our most recent Community Attitude and Interest Survey, Schaumburg Park District residents indicated a strong interest in enhancing or expanding our nature education classes and offerings. The renovation of the Visitor Center will result in the following:

  • Enhance educational opportunities for the community.
  • Add more program rooms, exhibit spaces, a kitchen and outdoor education decks.
  • Renovate toilet rooms and support amenities.
  • Ensure full ADA accessibility.

2. What new features will the renovated Visitor Center include?

  • New classrooms, restrooms, a teaching kitchen and sheltered outdoor program areas.
  • Eco-friendly features like passive solar and geothermal heating/cooling.

3. What is the expected start date for construction?

  • Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-March 2024.

4. How will the renovation impact current facilities?

  • The Museum Shop/Visitor Center will undergo renovation throughout much of 2024.
  • The gift sale area and visitor information counter will be temporarily relocated to the farmhouse.
  • Portable restrooms will be provided on-site during construction.

Did you know? The Heritage Farm renovation project is being partially funded through a $965,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources Museum Fund Grant.