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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July 2016
Tue, Jul 26 - Thu, Jul 28 • 9:30 am
$15

Young Naturalist Field Camp

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

Herons, Geese, and More

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
August 2016
Wed, Aug 3 - Fri, Aug 5 • 9 AM
$15

Naturalist for a Day Field Camp

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Bird Beaks: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sun, Aug 7 • 10 AM
Free

Yoga in the Woods

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

Mother, Nature and Me: Lily Pads

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

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

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
SeriesSat, Aug 13 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Days

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 13 • 7:30 pm
Free

Night Sky Program

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Fri, Aug 19 • 8 PM
Free

Bats

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Sat, Aug 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nature Play Days: Sticks

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
photo-meet
SeriesSat, Aug 27 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

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

Keystone Species

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
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