Let's visit the Little Red School House Nature Center

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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  • Jean

    Maybe that is what I have been battling. It sure kicked my butt, thus the reason I couldn't make this & plan on the Lyman hike.

    March 23, 2014

  • Janet D.

    I'm sorry but I am just getting over an awful migraine I've had all week, so I will see you guys soon, I hope. Have fun tomorrow!

    March 21, 2014

    • Lynn

      Janet, I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well. There will be many more hikes, so until we meet on the trails take care of your self.

      March 22, 2014

    • Janet D.

      Thanks, Lynn. Take care of yourself, too. Hope to see you soon. Winter should be getting over already, right? ;)

      March 22, 2014

  • Cathy

    A little icy starting out, but found a 1 mile trail that was nearly ice free. We hiked around it twice. Thanks to Lynn for a great job as organizer.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nuts, could finally make one and woke up with bad throat. Saw several cancelled from being sick. What's up? Again lynn, my daughter has that and it's not fun. Can't spell it!

    March 22, 2014

    • Lynn

      Susan there is a virus going around and has been knocking lots of us off our feet. I had the virus which started last Friday and the fever finally broke this past Wednesday and I am still slowly getting my energy back. I hope you don't have the virus. I look forward to seeing you back on the trail when you feel better.

      March 22, 2014

  • Cathy

    Just to let everyone know there are two parking lots, one as you enter, and a larger back parking lot in the back. The 1st parking lot is for "eco" friendly vehicles only. So will be meeting in the back?

    March 22, 2014

    • Carol

      Good question, but I don't see too many eco friendly vehicles parked there.

      March 22, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Sorry - I've been sick all week. Hopefully I can make the next hike. Enjoy yourselves!

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lynn,
    I am new to Chicago (from overseas) so have a few questions - would you say this is a beginners hike? Will we be on a paved or an unpaved trail? If unpaved, what will the terrain be like? Would love to see some photos of this trail or if you can point me to a link

    1 · March 16, 2014

    • Lynn

      Hi Rae, I took this group on as organizer when the previous organizer left. This will be my first hike with the group to The Little Red School Hose. Going through the extensive photo albums, I did find an album dedicated to this location. Right above the hike name is the photo tab. After you click on the photo tab look up: Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve: Little Red Schoolhouse Hike (#47) there are a couple of pictures of the trail. I hope you still intend to join us Saturday. We separate the hike into just The Little School House and we will be going to Palos /Sag Valley Forest Preserve at a later date. The Palos /Sag Valley hike is more of a moderate hike with bluffs we go up and down; so it is a work-out. I hope this helps. If you ever want an idea of a specific hike you can check the photo section or look up the previous hike to that destination and read the comments from the trail blazers who participated.

      1 · March 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Lynn for the information. I had a look at the photos and it looks quite nice. I just need to get a ride with someone so will put an announcement up :)

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • Jean

    Lynn, I will be bring the supplies I brought last time & completely missed the hike because I was stuck behind 2 trains

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Carol

    Doggie is having knee problems, so this a good one to have without her.

    March 16, 2014

    • Lynn

      Carol I'm sorry to hear your dog is having knee problems. My border collie needs a hip replacement which we can't afford so she gets medication and restricted to the yard and short walks. I look forward to seeing you on the trail at the Little School House.

      March 16, 2014

  • Diane

    Any idea how long the trail walk will be?

    March 8, 2014

    • Lynn

      Depending on the pace of the trail blazers on this hike it should be about an hour since the trail is about 1-1/2 miles for the hike. After the hike then the group will visit the Little Red School House and the time for that will depend on how interested the members are in the museum exhibits.

      2 · March 9, 2014

    • Cathy

      Lynn, just a suggestion, the hike could be extended by 1 mile if you would want to. The 1.0 mile trail is just across from the Black trail (the trail we're doing). It is part of the little red school house. I know this area very well since I live here. Just an option to do 2 1/2 miles and then head to exhibits. Also if you would be interested these two trails make a great "wildflower hike" that I would be willing to guide when the wildflowers are popping.

      3 · March 15, 2014

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