Grand Opening Little Red Schoolhouse Educational Center

The Little Red Schoolhouse of Willow Springs, IL, had its Educational Center grand opening today! I worked as a volunteer and was able to experience this great event up close! 

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Mounted Police

Here we have one of two mounted police protecting the area. This horse had the most amazing crystal ice blue eyes…very cool! 

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Native American Blessing 1

 Because this was built on tribal land, a Native American preformed a blessing with incense. 

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Julie's speech

Director of the Little Red Schoolhouse speech. 

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Todd Stoger speech

 Cook County President, Todd Stoger’s speech. 

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Cutting Ribbon

 Here we go folks! The moment we have all been waiting for, two years actually! The ribbon is about to be cut with gigantic scissors. 

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Ribbon Cut

Ribbon Cut!!! YEAY! Let’s go inside! 

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Inside lower level

Here is a view inside, looking at the lower level. An indoor pond containing snapping turtles with windows to view what sits on the bottom greets you as your enter the lower level. 

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Inside wildlife cages

Here we have 2 of 3 wildlife cages; screech owl and kestrel. These birds are injured and live at the center taken well care of by the staff. 

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Native American Wigwam

Here is a Native American Wigwam, which is a dome shaped home. You can look inside and see how a typical wigwam was set up. 

Today was a fun and exciting day at the Little Red Schoolhouse. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend a visit to explore the new educational center, the original schoolhouse, and walk the beautiful trails. The best part…it’s FREE! FREE! FREE! Where can you go for free now a days?!?

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4 responses to “Grand Opening Little Red Schoolhouse Educational Center

  1. Hooray! What a cool looking place!

  2. Kids will love that–nice that they can put the rescued birds on display. Nice looking building.

  3. wow – that’s very impressive!

  4. Lana: Yes! It’s a bunch of nature fun!

    Joan: It’s sooo neat! If you are ever in the area, please visit.

    Drowsey: Thanks! I love it, visit Chicago and see it 😀

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