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Little Red Schoolhouse, Willow Springs

#13 of 39 in Trails in Illinois
Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Connect with the historic past of the Palos Hills at The Little Red Schoolhouse. 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.
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  • The new Nature Center at Little Red Schoolhouse is an awesome place to visit for both children and adults. The exhibits are very well designed and displayed. Children will like to play with the...  more »
  • We have been going for decades .... now with grandkids to explore .... do not miss. Walk the woods, explore the critters, especially the crow, whiskey.  more »

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