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Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

July 19: Road Closures Near Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Street closures due to the Intelligentsia Cup bicycle race. Willow Springs Road/Flavin/104th Avenue will be closed between 95th Street and Archer Ave. (Willow Springs Road will be open south of 95th Street). 95th Street will be closed between Willow Springs Road/Flavin and Archer Ave. (95th Street will be open east of Willow Springs Road/Flavin.). Click here for race details and map.

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.
History of LRSH » LRSH on Facebook »

9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480

708-839-6897

Hours: March – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 3:30 pm

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

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September 2015
Sat, Sep 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Woolly Bears

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Sep 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

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

Mother Nature and Me: Grasses

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

Restoration Work Day

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Sep 19 • 7 PM
Free

Night Sky Program

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

Mother Nature and Me: Praying Mantids

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesThu, Sep 24 • 10 AM
Free

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Sep 25 • 7 PM
Free

Autumnal Equinox Evening Hike

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Sep 26 • 2 PM
Free

Nature 100 Challenge

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Sep 27 • 1 PM
Free

Leaf Art Fun

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
October 2015
Sat, Oct 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

Cook County Critters

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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Don't MissSun, Oct 4 • 9 AM
Free

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Oct 7 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me: Pill Bugs

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

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

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

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Oct 16 • 7 PM
Free

Starry, Starry Night

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Colorful Fall

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Oct 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me: Logs

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 24 • 1:30 pm
Free

UIE Program: Worm Composting

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Oct 24 • 7 PM
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
November 2015
SeriesWed, Nov 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me: Pheasants

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Nov 7 • 10:30 am
Free

This Old Tree

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

Cook County Critters

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

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Nov 14 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesWed, Nov 18 • 10:30 am
Free

Mother Nature and Me: Hawks

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Nov 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

Fall Constellation Mythology

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
photo-meet
SeriesSat, Nov 28 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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