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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March 2017
Wed, Mar 29 • 9:30 am
$50

Mornings with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
April 2017
Sat, Apr 1 • 1:30 pm
Free

Frights and Fears: Ophidiophobia

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Apr 2 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Afternoons

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Apr 5 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Apr 6 • 10 AM
Free

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

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

R.I.P. Day

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Apr 8 • 7 PM
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Apr 11 • 7:30 pm
Free

Full Moon Frogs

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

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Apr 19 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

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

Earth Day Wildflower Hike

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Apr 26 • 12:30 pm
$40

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 29 • 7 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

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

What’s in the Animal Kitchen?

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
May 2017
Wed, May 3 • 12:30 pm
$50

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 6 • 7 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 6 • 7:30 pm
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, May 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Afternoons

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Let's Move! OutsideTue, May 9 • 6:30 pm
Free

Full Moon Qigong

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 10 • 12:30 pm
$50

Afternoons with Mother Nature

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

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 13 • 7 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

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

R.I.P. Day

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 17 • 12:30 pm
$50

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, May 19 • 8:15 pm
Free

Friday Night Frogs

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, May 20 • 6 AM
Free

#BirdThePreserves Big Sit

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 20 • 1:30 pm
$2

Make it Rain!

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, May 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 24 • 12:30 pm
$50

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, May 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Spring Fungi Hike

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, May 31 • 12:30 pm
$50

Afternoons with Mother Nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
June 2017
Tue, Jun 13 - Thu, Jun 15 • 9:30 am
$30

Little Green Thumbs Nature Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jun 20 - Thu, Jun 22 • 10 AM
$30

Spittlebug Nature Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
July 2017
Tue, Jul 11 - Thu, Jul 13 • 9:30 am
$30

Young Naturalists Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 19 - Fri, Jul 21 • 9:30 am
$30

“Naturalist for a Day” Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Tue, Jul 25 - Thu, Jul 27 • 9:30 am
$30

Young Naturalists Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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