River Trail Nature Center

River Trail Nature Center Entrance

2016 Holiday Schedule

Nature Centers will be closed from 2pm on December 24 to 9am on December 27. Regular hours resume December 27.

For 10,000 years, since the last glaciers melted away, the Des Plaines River Valley has been home and highway for plants, animals and people. Only a few hundred years ago American Indians paddled their canoes along the river and hunted bear, deer and elk along its banks, while trappers and fur traders came searching for beaver in its waters.

 

A fragment of that world has been preserved in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

 

River Trail Nature Center tells the story of native plants and animals that remain in the urban environment. Here you may walk through sugar maple woods along the river on self-guiding trails, learn of the past and present in the exhibit building, and visit a few of our native animals.

 

Younger children may enjoy River Trail’s nature discovery area, where kids can climb in an eagle nest, crawl in a fox den, create their own puppet shows, and more.

 

Programs and special events are held throughout the year. Trail maps and interpretive publications are available at the front desk, and naturalists will answer your questions.

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3120 Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062

847-824-8360

Hours: March – October
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 4 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Events List Navigation

December 2016
SeriesSat, Dec 10 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workday

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Dec 10 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Dec 11 • 1:30 pm
Free

Predators of Illinois’ Past

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Dec 14 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Dec 17 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Dec 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Dec 18 • 6 PM
$2

SUN-day Solstice Fire

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Dec 24 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Tue, Dec 27 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Nature Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Dec 28 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Dec 28 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Nature Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Thu, Dec 29 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Nature Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Dec 31 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

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January 2017
Tue, Jan 3 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jan 4 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Thu, Jan 5 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Break Drop-In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jan 7 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Jan 11 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jan 14 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Work Day

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Jan 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jan 14 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Two Owls and a Naturalist

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Jan 21 • 6 AM
Free

Sunrise Nature Photography

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SeriesSat, Jan 21 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Wonderful Winter Wildlife

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Jan 25 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Jan 27 • 7 PM
$2

Winter Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jan 28 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 29 • 1:30 pm
Free

Groundhog Day, Again…

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
February 2017
SeriesSat, Feb 4 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 8 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Feb 10 • 7 PM
$10

Sweetheart Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 11 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workday

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 11 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 11 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 12 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sit Down With a Skunk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 18 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 19 • 1:30 pm
Free

In Search of the Snow Flea

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 22 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Feb 24 • 7 PM
$2

Winter Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sap’s Rising

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 26 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sap’s Rising

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March 2017
Don't MissSun, Mar 19 • 11 AM
Free

SAVE THE DATE: 45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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