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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October 2016
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Don't MissSun, Oct 2 • 9 AM
Free

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Oct 8 • 10 AM
Free

R.I.P. Workday

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Leaves and Lady Bugs

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

Mother Nature and Me – Seeds

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

Name That Oak

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 15 • 7 PM
Free

Night Sky Programs

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Oct 16 • 1:30 pm
Free

Acorn Scavenger Hunt

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Colorful Fall

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

Mother Nature and Me – Pumpkins

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Oct 27 • 10 AM
Free

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Oct 28 • 6 PM
Free

Hike Under The New Moon

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
November 2016
SeriesWed, Nov 9 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me – Bald Eagle

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Nov 12 • 10 AM
Free

R.I.P. Workday

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Nov 12 • 1:30 pm
Free

A Walk Through Time on Mount Forest Island

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Nov 17 • 10 AM
Free

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Nov 18 • 7 PM
Free

Starry, Starry Night

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Nov 23 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me – Scat

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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