River Trail Nature Center

River Trail Nature Center Entrance

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

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June 2017
Bird The PreservesTue, Jun 27 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors in all Seasons: Birds and Birdwatching

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SeriesWed, Jun 28 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Thu, Jun 29 • 7 PM
$3.00

River Trail at Night

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July 2017
SeriesSat, Jul 1 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Jul 1 • 3 PM
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Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 2 • 1:30 pm
Free

American Raptors

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SeriesSun, Jul 2 • 3 PM
Free

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Wed, Jul 5 • 7:30 pm
Free

Fireside Tales

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SeriesSat, Jul 8 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Jul 8 • 3 PM
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Sat, Jul 8 • 7 PM
$3.00

Sunset Nature Photography

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Let's Move! OutsideSun, Jul 9 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer in the Woods

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SeriesSun, Jul 9 • 3 PM
Free

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Mon, Jul 10 - Fri, Jul 14 • 9:30 am
$50

Discovery Days Camp

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SeriesSat, Jul 15 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Jul 15 • 3 PM
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Sun, Jul 16 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounter

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SeriesSun, Jul 16 • 3 PM
Free

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Mon, Jul 17 - Fri, Jul 21 • 9:30 am
$50

Nature Explorers Camp

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Mon, Jul 17 - Fri, Jul 21 • 1:30 pm
$50

Nature Explorers Camp

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SeriesSat, Jul 22 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Jul 22 • 3 PM
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Sun, Jul 23 • 1:30 pm
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Life Under a Log

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SeriesSun, Jul 23 • 3 PM
Free

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Mon, Jul 24 - Fri, Jul 28 • 9:30 am
$50

Discovery Days Camp

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Wed, Jul 26 • 7:30 pm
$3.00

Twilight Hike

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SeriesSat, Jul 29 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Jul 29 • 3 PM
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Sun, Jul 30 • 1:30 pm
Free

Bug-a-Palooza

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SeriesSun, Jul 30 • 3 PM
Free

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August 2017
SeriesWed, Aug 2 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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Fri, Aug 4 • 7 PM
$3.00

River Trail at Night

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SeriesSat, Aug 5 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Aug 5 • 3 PM
Free

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Let's Move! OutsideSun, Aug 6 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer in the Woods

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SeriesSun, Aug 6 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 9 • 8 PM
$3.00

Bats

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SeriesSat, Aug 12 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Aug 12 • 3 PM
Free

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Sun, Aug 13 • 1:30 pm
Free

People’s Choice Awards

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SeriesSun, Aug 13 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesWed, Aug 16 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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Fri, Aug 18 • 7:30 pm
$3.00

Fireside Tales

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SeriesSat, Aug 19 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, Aug 19 • 3 PM
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Sun, Aug 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounter

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SeriesSun, Aug 20 • 3 PM
Free

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Sat, Aug 26 • 6 AM
Free

Sunrise Nature Photography

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SeriesSat, Aug 26 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Aug 26 • 3 PM
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Sun, Aug 27 • 11 AM
Free

Family Fish School

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SeriesSun, Aug 27 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesWed, Aug 30 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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