Adjacent to Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Nature Center, Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is a unique park made with natural materials, including logs, boulders, sand, and water, as well as nature-themed play structures.
There is a stream that flows around the park, starting with a waterfall by the large treehouse-like play area and emptying out to a pond with rocks to walk across, opportunities to play music, such as drums and gigantic chimes…
Sifting tables to separate rocks and minerals from sand, multi-level water tables…
and a rubbery surface with equipment that leads to a mulch area with the iconic enormous bison and multi-tiered treehouse with opportunities to climb ropes and ladders.
Bison’s Bluff encourages active, open-ended, creative forms of play, similar to that enjoyed by previous generations of children who grew up wandering fields, forests, and streams near their homes. The goal is to inspire kids to remain active, develop agility, learn resilience, discover the benefits of cooperation and experimentation, solve problems, and learn to navigate the world around them confidently.
The park is currently open to the public, but the grand opening celebration is this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family and kid-centered event will feature tons of unique new play opportunities along with refreshments and surprises for the kids.
Regular hours for Bison’s Bluff are April 1 – October 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bison’s Bluff is on Spring Valley, 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. It is is open to the general public and admission is free.
Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground
1111 E Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194