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Log Schoolhouse Experience

Experience history -- visit the Ann Kloehn Log Schoolhouse and experience school as it might have been in the "olden days". A teacher, dressed in full period attire, greets students at the door of the Log Schoolhouse. A stone and mortar fireplace provides heat. Lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic are taught by the light of candles. Students practice penmanship with quill and ink.

  • Nature and Wildlife exhibits
  • Picnic areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Pond Study
  • Prairie Study
  • Maple Syrup Collection
  • FOSS Science Programs

History of the Log Schoolhouse

Thousands of students have attended classes at the Log Schoolhouse since it was constructed in 1975 to celebrate America's Bicentennial. A group of parents and community volunteers led by the Appleton Bicentennial Committee decided to construct an authentic log schoolhouse on the Franklin Elementary School grounds. All materials and labor were donated. Students began visiting the school in the spring of 1976.

Today the Log Schoolhouse resides in a more natural setting at the Bubolz Nature Preserve where it was moved in 1998 to accommodate the extensive repairs and updates needed after more than 20 years of use. However, the building and curriculum still remain authentic early Wisconsin.

The Ann Kloehn Log Schoolhouse is named in honor of an individual whose energy and enthusiasm have been a driving force behind the construction and continuation of the Log Schoolhouse. 

Registration Information

In the fall half day sessions are available in October and November. 

In the spring half day sessions are available in March, April and May. Combination dates are offered with Bubolz Nature Preserve. These dates are flexible and vary from year to year.


Bubolz Nature Preserve
4815 N. Lynndale Dr. (County A)
Appleton, WI  54913-9665


Stephanie Malaney
Log Schoolhouse Coordinator