Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Connect with the historic past of the Palos Hills at The Little Red Schoolhouse (LRSH). In 1886 the present building, originally located on the Black Oak Trail at old 99th Street, replaced a log cabin school.

 

Now hikers enjoy country lanes once used by its student. In 1932 the school house was moved to Camp Kiwanis by a local resident, using only one mule and log rollers. Classes continued there until 1948. In 1952 it was moved to its present site, and in 1955 reopened as a unique, new kind of school. In place of the three R’s, fascinating stories are told to children and grown-ups who visit here, stories about forest preserve plants and animals and the earth of which they live.

 

Fifty years ago Longjohn Slough was a wet prairie where farmers cut wild hay. Some farmers hauled hay to feed Chicago’s horses a round trip of about 10 hours! Old timers remember hunting rabbits in a hollow that is now Maple Lake, and one resident made a living just hunting and trapping. The land on which the schoolhouse now stands was a fruit orchard planted in 1906. Visitors in the spring still enjoy its pear, apple and plum blossoms.

 

In 2010 a new visitor center with additional live animals and exhibits, children’s activity room, and more joined the old school.
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9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480

708-839-6897

Hours: March – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 3:30 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Events List Navigation

May 2015
Mon, May 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Pond Explorers

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, May 29 • 8 PM
Free

Evening Stroll

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 30 • 7 PM
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
June 2015
Don't MissWed, Jun 3 • 10 AM
Free

Nature is Accesible

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Jun 4 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jun 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Jun 10 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother, Nature and Me: The Sun

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jun 10 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Jun 11 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jun 13 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jun 16 - Thu, Jun 18 • 9:30 am
$15

Young Naturalist Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jun 17 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Jun 18 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jun 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

Gardening 101

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jun 23 - Thu, Jun 25 • 10 AM
$15

Spittlebug Nature Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jun 24 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Jun 26 • 8 PM
Free

Friday Night Hike Series: Bats

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jun 27 • 9 AM
Free

Chicago Portage – National Historic Site

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jun 27 • 7:30 pm
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Jun 28 • 9 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
July 2015
SeriesWed, Jul 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother, Nature and Me: Beetles

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 1 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Jul 2 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 4 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jul 7 - Thu, Jul 9 • 9:30 am
$15

Colors and Sounds of Nature Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 8 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 11 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Jul 12 • 9 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jul 14 - Thu, Jul 16 • 9:30 am
$15

Young Naturalist Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 15 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Jul 16 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summertime at the Slough

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jul 21 - Thu, Jul 23 • 9:30 am
$15

Senior Adventure Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 22 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Jul 24 • 8:30 pm
Free

Friday Night Hike: Moths

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 25 • 9 AM
Free

Chicago Portage – National Historic Site

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 25 • 8 PM
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Jul 29 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother, Nature and Me: Snakes

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 29 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Jul 30 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
August 2015
Sat, Aug 1 • 10 AM
Free

Flora and Folklore

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 1 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Aug 5 - Fri, Aug 7 • 9:30 am
$15

Naturalist for a Day Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Aug 5 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Aug 6 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 8 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Aug 12 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother, Nature and Me: Grasshoppers

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Aug 12 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Aug 13 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Turtles!

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Aug 19 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Aug 20 • 10 AM
Free

Garden in the Mornings

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Aug 21 • 7:30 pm
Free

Friday Night Hike: Insects

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 22 • 7:30 pm
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Aug 23 • 9 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Aug 26 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother, Nature and Me: Worms

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Aug 26 • 3:30 pm
Free

Wild Wednesday Wonders

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 29 • 9 AM
Free

Chicago Portage – National Historic Site

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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