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

Events List Navigation

May 2016
Mon, May 30 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
June 2016
Sun, Jun 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creture Feature: Reptiles

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jun 8 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jun 8 • 7 PM
$2

Twilight Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Jun 11 • 11 AM
Free

Master Gardener Drop In: Gardening with Natives

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

The Buzz on Bees

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jun 13 - Fri, Jun 17 • 9:30 am
$25

Junior Keepers Camp

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

River Round Up

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jun 22 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jun 22 • 7:30 pm
$2

Solstice Fire

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

Summer in the Woods

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jun 27 - Fri, Jul 1 • 9:30 am
$25

Discovery Days Camp

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
July 2016
Sun, Jul 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

American Raptors

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jul 6 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jul 6 • 8 PM
$2

Bats

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Jul 9 • 11 AM
Free

Master Gardener Drop-In: Native Plant Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jul 10 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature: Reptiles

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 11 - Fri, Jul 15 • 9:30 am
$25

Nate Explorers Camp

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jul 17 • 1:30 am
Free

Life Under a Log

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jul 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Bug-a-Palooza

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jul 20 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Jul 20 • 7 PM
$2

Twilight Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jul 24 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer in the Woods

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
August 2016
Wed, Aug 3 • 8 PM
$2

Bats

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature: Reptiles

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 10 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

People’s Choice Awards

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 17 • 7:30 pm
$2

Fireside Tales

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer in the Woods

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 24 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Aug 26 • 8 PM
$2

Bats

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Aug 27 • 9:30 am
Free

Jr. Photographers

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 28 • 11 AM
Free

Family Fish School

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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