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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June 2018
Sat, Jun 23 • 8 PM
Free

Stars: A Rainbow of Colors

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jun 27 • 8:30 pm
Free

Full Moon Frogs

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
July 2018
Sun, Jul 1 • 10 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Wed, Jul 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me – Dragonflies

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Jul 5 • 10 AM
Free

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Butterfly Bonanza

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Jul 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Afternoons

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

Young Naturalist Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 14 • 10 AM
Free

R.I.P Stewardship Day

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
Fri, Jul 20 • 8 PM
Free

What Glows in the Dark?

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Jul 21 • 8 PM
Free

Comets: Snow Balls In Space?

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
Sat, Jul 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

Midsummer Mushrooms

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
August 2018
Sat, Aug 4 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Baby

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Aug 5 • 10 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Thu, Aug 9 • 10 AM
Free

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

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

R.I.P Stewardship Day

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

Animal Afternoons

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 18 • 7:30 pm
Free

Ancient Mayan Astronomy

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

Animal Art Extravaganza

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 25 • 10:30 am
Free

Pond Dip

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Aug 31 • 7:30 pm
Free

Sundown Serenade

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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