SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm

SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm

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Celebrate the great outdoors and learn about all things dairy every weekend throughout the month of June!

โ˜€๏ธ Stop by the Nature Center to learn how to prepare yourself for summer and learn tips for being safe on the trails! Children can also make a nature journal.

๐Ÿ„ Enjoy 'udderly' delicious homemade ice cream at Heritage Farm along with fun crafts and activities!
We had a great time at our first Garden to Glass class! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿน Be sure to register for our upcoming July and August classes - we'll be making different cocktails each time! https://bit.ly/3LFZtxZ
โ€ผ๏ธVolunteers needed for our Monarch Butterfly Release programโ€ผ๏ธ Spend an hour or two each week helping to rear monarch butterflies at the Nature Center and assist with our public release programs held each day! ๐Ÿฆ‹

No prior experience is needed, we'll teach you everything you need to know! Shifts are scheduled each day from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., June 6 until the end of September. ๐Ÿ“ž Please call us at 847-985-2100 if you are interested in helping with this popular program.
Join us today from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. for Rhubarb Fest at Heritage Farm! A variety of indulgent sweets will be offered as well as a limited supply of rhubarb plants for purchase in the museum shop! FREE admission for all ages. www.parkfun.com/event/rhubarb-fest
Make Spring Valley a part of your Memorial Day weekend plans! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿฅพ Grounds and trails open daily: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

๐Ÿƒ Nature Center open daily: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

๐Ÿ  Heritage Farm Visitor Center/Museum Store open Wed.-Sun.: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. CLOSED on Memorial Day.

๐Ÿƒ Bison's Bluff open daily: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Play sessions are one hour).
๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช! Spring Valley's Annual & Seasonal Discount Passes can save you and your family money on Bison's Bluff admission, events and program fees! www.parkfun.com/spring-valley/annual-pass โ˜€๏ธ Our Summer Family Pass includes:

โœ”๏ธ Free admission to Bison's Bluff and all Spring Valley events from June-Sept.

โœ”๏ธ Discounts on summer camp and program registrations for any youth, adult or family program offered between June 1 and Sept. 30.

โœ”๏ธ 4 event guest passes you can share with friends.
We celebrated our last Forest Playschool class of the school year with fun nature-related crafts and activities! We hope all of our students can use everything they've learned to have an amazing summer with lots of outdoor adventures! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒปโ›…
Mix up unique garden-themed cocktails on the farmhouse porch, then wander the farmโ€™s grounds and historic buildings while you sip at our ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ class! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿน https://bit.ly/3LFZtxZ

Register for all three dates, or just one โ€” there will be new cocktails each time!

๐Ÿน Wednesday, June 1

๐Ÿน Wednesday, July 6

๐Ÿน Wednesday, Aug. 3
It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of Spring Valleyโ€™s longest serving volunteers has passed away recently. Lynn Eikenbary began volunteering with the Spring Valley Nature Club prior to the Park District opening Spring Valley in 1983.

Lynn was a physical education teacher with District 54 for many years, was a recipient of the Nature Clubโ€™s Ellsworth Meineke Award in 1988, served on the Nature Clubโ€™s board of directors and as Club President for several years in the 1990s, and was the Village of Schaumburgโ€™s Volunteer of the Year in 2015. She assisted with virtually every aspect of Spring Valleyโ€™s operations over the years and was a passionate birdwatcher and amateur naturalist. She was a great friend to Spring Valley and a friend to many staff and volunteers. She will be sorely missed. โค๏ธ
Meet Frieda and Wolfgang! ๐Ÿฎ We're so happy to have cows back at the farm! Grounds are open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. - stop by and say hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹
Spring Valley staff have been visiting the District's KASPER sites throughout the last few weeks to bring the kids a fun nature experience! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿธ

Spring Valley features 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams, hiking trails, a nature center and 1880s living history farm. Open to the public.

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.

Operating as usual

06/03/2022

Celebrate the great outdoors and learn about all things dairy every weekend throughout the month of June!

โ˜€๏ธ Stop by the Nature Center to learn how to prepare yourself for summer and learn tips for being safe on the trails! Children can also make a nature journal.

๐Ÿ„ Enjoy 'udderly' delicious homemade ice cream at Heritage Farm along with fun crafts and activities!

Photos from SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm's post 06/02/2022

We had a great time at our first Garden to Glass class! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿน Be sure to register for our upcoming July and August classes - we'll be making different cocktails each time! https://bit.ly/3LFZtxZ

06/01/2022

โ€ผ๏ธVolunteers needed for our Monarch Butterfly Release programโ€ผ๏ธ Spend an hour or two each week helping to rear monarch butterflies at the Nature Center and assist with our public release programs held each day! ๐Ÿฆ‹

No prior experience is needed, we'll teach you everything you need to know! Shifts are scheduled each day from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., June 6 until the end of September. ๐Ÿ“ž Please call us at 847-985-2100 if you are interested in helping with this popular program.

05/30/2022
05/29/2022

Join us today from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. for Rhubarb Fest at Heritage Farm! A variety of indulgent sweets will be offered as well as a limited supply of rhubarb plants for purchase in the museum shop! FREE admission for all ages. www.parkfun.com/event/rhubarb-fest

05/28/2022

Make Spring Valley a part of your Memorial Day weekend plans! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿฅพ Grounds and trails open daily: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

๐Ÿƒ Nature Center open daily: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

๐Ÿ  Heritage Farm Visitor Center/Museum Store open Wed.-Sun.: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. CLOSED on Memorial Day.

๐Ÿƒ Bison's Bluff open daily: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Play sessions are one hour).

05/27/2022

๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช! Spring Valley's Annual & Seasonal Discount Passes can save you and your family money on Bison's Bluff admission, events and program fees! www.parkfun.com/spring-valley/annual-pass โ˜€๏ธ Our Summer Family Pass includes:

โœ”๏ธ Free admission to Bison's Bluff and all Spring Valley events from June-Sept.

โœ”๏ธ Discounts on summer camp and program registrations for any youth, adult or family program offered between June 1 and Sept. 30.

โœ”๏ธ 4 event guest passes you can share with friends.

Photos from SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm's post 05/27/2022

We celebrated our last Forest Playschool class of the school year with fun nature-related crafts and activities! We hope all of our students can use everything they've learned to have an amazing summer with lots of outdoor adventures! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒปโ›…

05/23/2022

Mix up unique garden-themed cocktails on the farmhouse porch, then wander the farmโ€™s grounds and historic buildings while you sip at our ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ class! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿน https://bit.ly/3LFZtxZ

Register for all three dates, or just one โ€” there will be new cocktails each time!

๐Ÿน Wednesday, June 1

๐Ÿน Wednesday, July 6

๐Ÿน Wednesday, Aug. 3

Photos from SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm's post 05/20/2022

It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of Spring Valleyโ€™s longest serving volunteers has passed away recently. Lynn Eikenbary began volunteering with the Spring Valley Nature Club prior to the Park District opening Spring Valley in 1983.

Lynn was a physical education teacher with District 54 for many years, was a recipient of the Nature Clubโ€™s Ellsworth Meineke Award in 1988, served on the Nature Clubโ€™s board of directors and as Club President for several years in the 1990s, and was the Village of Schaumburgโ€™s Volunteer of the Year in 2015. She assisted with virtually every aspect of Spring Valleyโ€™s operations over the years and was a passionate birdwatcher and amateur naturalist. She was a great friend to Spring Valley and a friend to many staff and volunteers. She will be sorely missed. โค๏ธ

05/17/2022

Meet Frieda and Wolfgang! ๐Ÿฎ We're so happy to have cows back at the farm! Grounds are open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. - stop by and say hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Photos from SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm's post 05/12/2022

Spring Valley staff have been visiting the District's KASPER sites throughout the last few weeks to bring the kids a fun nature experience! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿธ

6-year-old suburban boy finds new family for motherless baby bird 05/09/2022

6-year-old suburban boy finds new family for motherless baby bird

We love it when people (especially kids!) look out for our wildlife friends! Way to go, Hawk! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

6-year-old suburban boy finds new family for motherless baby bird A motherless baby bird is home with a new family thanks to the quick-thinking of a six-year-old kid.

05/07/2022

Reminderโ€ผ The pre-order deadline for heirloom vegetables and herbs is May 9! ๐Ÿ… Items can also be purchased at Spring Valley May 21-22. www.parkfun.com/event/native-plant-heirloom-vegetable-sale

05/07/2022

Learn about wildflowers and rhubarb at the Nature Center and Heritage Farm throughout the month of May!

๐ŸŒธ Stop by the Nature Center to learn about the anatomy of a flower, how to identify woodland wildflowers and even make a free flower craft to take home!

๐ŸŒฑ Learn about rhubarb, a unique culinary plant, at Heritage Farm! We will have cooking demonstrations and activities in the farmhouse and specialty food items will be for sale in the Museum Shop.

05/06/2022

FREE Family Pop-up Tomorrow: Presto Pesto!

Drop in at Merkle Cabin to learn about invasive garlic mustard and go home with a delicious pesto recipe that you can use for dinner this weekend!

๐Ÿ†“ Free program for all ages

๐Ÿ•“ 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Drop in anytime)

๐Ÿ“ Merkle Cabin, a 10 minute walk from the Nature Center parking lot

For more information, call 847-985-2100.

05/05/2022

Check out all of the fun programs and events taking place at Spring Valley this summer! โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒป Resident registration is available now. Non-resident registration begins May 11.

๐Ÿ˜Ž Our online Summer Program Guide is now available! Resident registration is available now. Non-resident registration begins May 11. ๐Ÿ˜Ž View the guide here: https://adobe.ly/3FghMbJ

05/03/2022

Introduce your little one to life on the farm at our ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—น' ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ class! ๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ” Each week we'll learn something new about the farm and all its animal friends, while playing games, making crafts, doing chores and getting dirty! Class is for ages 3-5 with an adult. https://bit.ly/3LGOeX7

04/30/2022

Please Note: Due to inclement weather, Walpurgis Night has been canceled.
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04/29/2022

๐Ÿ‘€ Keep an eye out for all of Spring Valley's summer programs and events in Schaumburg Park District's Summer Program Guide! โ˜€๏ธ

โ€ผ๏ธSAVE THE DATEโ€ผ๏ธ Our Summer Program Guide will be available online beginning May 4! Resident registration will be available immediately. Non-resident registration begins May 11.

04/29/2022

Happy ! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ Celebrate the beauty and importance of trees on a walk throughout Spring Valley! Our trails offer 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams (open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.).

We are looking to plant 150,000 trees with our partners Kimberly-Clark this . Thatโ€™s a lot of trees. But how will these trees make a difference? Check it out, these 150,000 trees will:

โ˜Sequester carbon
โ˜€Mitigate heat
๐ŸŒฒRestore our nationโ€™s forests
๐Ÿ’šProvide jobs and livelihoods around the world

Help us make this a reality when you post on social media using the hashtag . It's as easy as sharing this post and including . Planting trees has never been so easy

04/27/2022

LAST CHANCE to order native shrubs, wildflowers and grasses! ๐ŸŒป Pre-orders for native plants must be placed by April 29. www.parkfun.com/event/native-plant-heirloom-vegetable-sale

๐Ÿ… Heirloom vegetables and herbs can be pre-ordered through May 9, or purchased at Spring Valley May 21-22.

Rain no problem at Schaumburg Earth Day Party 04/25/2022

Rain no problem at Schaumburg Earth Day Party

"But the ideal that we encourage people to strive for is Earth Day every day. It's important to think about protecting the environment every day of the year, not just once a year." Well said, Dave Brooks! ๐ŸŒŽโ™ป๏ธ

Rain no problem at Schaumburg Earth Day Party Sometimes Mother Earth doesn't want to cooperate with a celebration held in her honor. But that was just fine Sunday in Schaumburg, where the park district's Earth Day Party moved indoors at the Spring Valley Nature Center.

Earth Day party held at Schaumburg forest preserve 04/25/2022

Earth Day party held at Schaumburg forest preserve

Did you catch Spring Valley and our very own Dave Brooks on the news today?! ๐Ÿ“บ Thanks to WGN TV for doing a special feature on our Earth Day Party! ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŽ‰

Earth Day party held at Schaumburg forest preserve SCHAUMBURG, Ill. โ€” The rain didnโ€™t stop an Earth Day party at a nature preserve in Schaumburg. Composting, seed bombs and words filled the atmosphere at Spring Valley Nature Center and Sanctuโ€ฆ

04/22/2022

Happy ! ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณโ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŒท Join us this Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. for our Earth Day Party!

Plus, learn more about all the ways that YOU can help invest in our planet at earthday.org.

Happy ! ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณโ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŒท Deepen your connection to the Earth with fun games and demonstrations, and learn how you can live more sustainably at our Earth Day Party this Sunday at Spring Valley!

04/21/2022

Pigs are back at Heritage Farm! ๐Ÿท It will take them a little while to get used to their new home, so you may not see them out and about until they're brave enough to come outside and explore!

04/20/2022

Stop by our ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ this Saturday, April 23 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate the spring weather and find out what plants are springing to life or blooming! ๐ŸŒฟโ˜€๏ธ This is a free, drop-in event for all ages.

04/18/2022

We are SO thankful for all of our Spring Valley volunteers. Happy !

Happy to all of our wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to improving the quality of life in our community! Whether it be by helping at special events, joining in conservation efforts, or cleaning the chicken coop at Spring Valley...we appreciate everything you do! THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ‘

04/14/2022

Have you always wanted to start a veggie and herb garden, but weren't sure where to start? Join us for our new adult ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒฑ

The April session will explore which plants are appropriate for our zone, which are easy/fussy to grow, which will take over and which give you the biggest bang for your buck! The second session in May will explore tips and tricks for success in direct seeding, plant spacing for a bountiful harvest and more! https://bit.ly/3uGZWuy

04/07/2022

Sunset Fire and Picnic on the Prairie is canceled due to the weather. The rain this week has made it too wet to do all the necessary prep work to safely conduct the burn. All registrants will receive a refund. Please call 847-985-2100 if you have any questions. We hope to host the event next year!

04/01/2022

Spring Valley Yoga at the Cabin

Spring Valley's rustic and cozy Merkle Cabin is the perfect setting to practice yoga! ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ There are still a few spots open for classes that begin April 12. https://bit.ly/3Dv3DXc

๐Ÿ”Š Sound on to hear the birds chirping!

Photos from SPD - Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm's post 03/30/2022

Our Heritage Farm Museum Store & Historic Farmhouse will reopen for the season this Friday! Hours will be Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿฅ• The Museum Store will be stocked with farm fresh eggs, organic vegetable seeds, maple syrup, handmade goodies and more!

Our cattle and hogs are expected to return once our pastures dry out and our fields take on a greener color. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท Look out for them in mid-April (we'll be sure to announce their arrival)!

03/28/2022

In honor of our last , here are a few fun facts!

๐Ÿฆ‹ When monarch caterpillars eat milkweed leaves, they collect toxins that are produced by the plant which remain in the body after they transform into a butterfly. This provides protection from birds and other predators.

๐ŸŒพ Fibers extracted from the milkweed plant can be used to manufacture paper, while the milky sap can be used to make rubber. Native Americans used fibers from the stem of milkweed to make ropes and twine.

๐ŸŒฑ Milkweed โ€˜silksโ€™ (the floofy bits attached to the seeds) were used as stuffing for floatation devices in the USA during the WWII as well as to make pillows.

โŒ› Milkweed can survive 2 to 25 years in the wild, depending on the species and environmental conditions.

Our Story

Spring Valley is a refuge of 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams. We also offer more than three miles of handicapped-accessible hiking trails, a nature center with natural history displays and information, and an 1880s living history farm. We are open to the general public and admission is free.

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1111 E Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL
60194-3648

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8am - 8pm

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