Spring Valley may only be a short drive from Woodfield Mall, but the shopping opportunities are much different! Both the Vera Meineke
Nature Center and the Heritage Farm Visitor Center contain small gift shops where visitors can purchase a variety of unique and educational items.
The Nature Center offers inexpensive items for the nature enthusiast or budding young naturalist; things like books and field guides, rock and mineral collections, small toys, beautiful nature-themed apparel, real maple syrup, and locally produced honey. Seasonal items include native shrubs, rain barrels, cedar birdhouses, and snowshoe rentals.
The Heritage Farm’s gift sale area includes history and farm-themed books, toys and games, and hand-crafted items such as soap, bonnets, and mittens. In addition, limited supplies of locally made or grown foods such as cheese, heirloom produce, and the Heritage Farm’s own fresh eggs can be purchased when available and in season. Snack and refreshment items are also available for those needing a pick-me-up after a long day exploring.