March 30, 2015
In our last Healthy Schaumburg post, we talked about our favorite Schaumburg gems and why everyone loves them. Ok—maybe not everyone is obsessed with Woodfield Mall as we are, especially around this time of year. For one thing, it’s much more pleasant to go shopping in the open air at Old Orchard or Oak Brook Mall. But who cares about shopping when it’s finally Spring! A year ago it was still snowing! It’s time to enjoy the beauty of nature at Schaumburg’s own Spring Valley.
If you didn’t already know, Schaumburg Spring Valley is 135 of acres of pastoral landscapes, with fields, forests, marshes and streams, located right in our backyard. Dubbed as an “outdoor living museum,” visitors have the opportunity to learn as well as relax and spend a day in the sun. Here are some of the recommended activities:
However, because it’s a preserve, you can’t bring pets, ride bikes or rollerblades, pick fruits, or anything else that might damage or endanger the indigenous ecosystem that is preserved at Spring Valley.
Spring Valley is more than just a wild habitat—it’s also a great historical and educational resource for people of all ages. From the 19th century replica Heritage Farms, where visitors can help out with chores and meet the livestock; to the Vera Meineke Nature Center, which has niche exhibits and a nature library; to the Merkle Cabin, a log cabin secluded among “whispering pines” that can be rented for private events, it can be hard to decide what to choose when you get to Spring Valley.
Fortunately, Spring Valley is open year-round, and offers annual passes for just $100 per family. Get a pass now, and you can enjoy all that they have to offer for the entire sunny season!