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.
In 2010 a new visitor center with additional live animals and exhibits, children’s activity room, and more joined the old school.
***** No dogs are allowed at the Little Red School House or on the trails. *****
The parking lot is located on the west side of Willow Springs Road [also known as Flavin Road or 104th Street] which is between 95th Street and 107th Street.
We will enjoy a short hike then visit the Little Red School House Nature Center. This would be a nice hike to introduce children to hiking.
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