Little Red Schoolhouse in Palos Hills, Illinois
I grew up in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, and moved to Colorado 9 years ago in November. I haven't visited my family in Illinois since September of 2004, but one place I went, where I have been visiting since I was a kid, is Little Red Schoolhouse in Palos Hills.
Little Red Schoolhouse is a Nature Center located on acres of forest preserve in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. It was originally a real one-room schoolhouse from the 1800s. My parents used to take my sisters and I there every fall to see the glorious colors of the trees, and to walk through the paths and trails.
We would spot wildlife, observe, and learn about different animals and creatures indigenous to the area. During a school visit to the Little Red Schoolhouse when I was in first grade, we were able to see real live owls, and touch different textures of animal feathers, snake skins, etc. We were taught about different kinds of snakes in the area, and shown the difference between some of the native poisonous mushrooms and the mushrooms sold in grocery stores.
Little Red Schoolhouse is a great place to take children of all ages. There is something to learn for everybody there. The trails are beautiful, and throughout the paths through the forest preserve, there is a lot of information about certain wildflowers, grasses, and wildlife.
Be careful not to step in or brush against the poison ivy, which grows there in abundance! There is a warning sign, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it. I know the next time I visit Illinois, Little Red Schoolhouse will be one of the places I take my kids. I know they will love it just as much as I did when I was their age! Little Red Schoolhouse