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 – October
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 4 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

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

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January 2017
Sun, Jan 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jan 25 • 9:30 am
$40.00

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jan 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

Winter Snowflake Ball

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
February 2017
Wed, Feb 1 • 9:30 am
$40.00

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Feb 4 • 1 PM
$10.00

Creative Gardening

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Feb 8 • 9:30 am
$40.00

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Feb 9 • 10 AM
Free

S.E.N.I.O.R.S.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Feb 10 • 6:30 pm
$20.00

Sweetheart Hike On a Full Moon Night

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Feb 11 • 10 AM
Free

R.I.P. Workday

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Feb 11 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Ups

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Feb 11 • 1:30 pm
Free

Winter Play Date

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Feb 12 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Feb 15 • 9:30 am
$40.00

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Feb 18 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Rain Gardens

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Feb 19 • 1:30 pm
Free

Snowshoe Hike

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Feb 22 • 9:30 am
$40.00

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County