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River Trail Nature Center

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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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:40 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

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

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September 2015
SeriesSat, Sep 5 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 6 • 1:30 pm
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Creature Feature

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SeriesSun, Sep 6 • 3 PM
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Mon, Sep 7 • 1:30 pm
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Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Sep 9 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Sep 12 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Sep 12 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 13 • 1:30 pm
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River Round-Up

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SeriesSun, Sep 13 • 3 PM
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Wed, Sep 16 • 7 PM
$20

Fall Planter

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SeriesSat, Sep 19 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Sep 20 • 1:30 pm
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Wildlife Walkabout

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SeriesSun, Sep 20 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Sep 23 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Sep 25 • 7 PM
$2

Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Sep 26 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Sep 27 • 1:30 pm
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Illinois Mammals

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SeriesSun, Sep 27 • 3 PM
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October 2015
Sat, Oct 3 • 10:30 am
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Fall Foliage Crafts

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Oct 3 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 4 • 1:30 pm
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All-A-Buzz About Honey

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SeriesSun, Oct 4 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Oct 7 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Oct 10 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Oct 10 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 11 • 1:30 pm
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Fall Color Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Oct 11 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Oct 12 • 1:30 pm
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Fall Color Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Oct 17 • 3 PM
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Fall Festival

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SeriesSun, Oct 18 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Oct 21 • 10 AM
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SeriesSat, Oct 24 • 10 AM
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Photo Meet Up

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SeriesSat, Oct 24 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 25 • 1:30 pm
$1

The Un-haunted Forest

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Oct 25 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Oct 30 • 7 PM
$2

The Return of Scary Stories

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Oct 31 • 3 PM
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November 2015
Sun, Nov 1 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 1 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Nov 4 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Nov 7 • 10:30 am
Free

Fall Foliage Crafts

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Nov 7 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Nov 8 • 1:30 pm
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Animal Evidence

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 8 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Nov 14 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Nov 14 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Nov 15 • 12 PM
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Geo-caching 101

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 15 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Nov 18 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Nov 20 • 7 PM
$2

Owl Prowl

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Nov 21 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Nov 22 • 1:30 pm
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Nocturnal Hunters

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 22 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Nov 28 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Nov 29 • 1:30 pm
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Fall Changes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 29 • 3 PM
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