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

Events List Navigation

April 2018
Sat, Apr 21 • 7:30 pm
Free

Beginning Astronomy – Develop Your New Hobby

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Apr 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Earth Day Wildflower Hike

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Apr 25 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 28 • 7 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walks

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

Zen Garden Relaxation

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
May 2018
Wed, May 2 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, May 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Afternoons

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 9 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

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

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 12 • 10 AM
Free

R.I.P. Workday

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 16 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, May 19 • 6:30 am
Free

Big Sit

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 19 • 7:30 pm
Free

Viewing the Night Sky with Binoculars

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Don't MissWed, May 23 • 10 AM
Free

Nature is Accessible!

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 23 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 26 • 1:30 pm
Free

The Secret Lives of Shrews

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, May 27 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Baby

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 30 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
June 2018
Tue, Jun 12 - Thu, Jun 14 • 9:30 am
$25

Little Green Thumbs Nature Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jun 19 - Thu, Jun 21 • 10 AM
$25

Spittlebug Nature Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
July 2018
Tue, Jul 10 - Thu, Jul 12 • 9:30 am
$25

Young Naturalist Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 18 - Fri, Jul 20 • 9:30 am
$25

“Naturalist for a Day” Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jul 24 - Thu, Jul 26 • 9:30 am
$25

Young Naturalist Field Camp

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