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 – 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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August 2017
Sat, Aug 26 • 6 AM
Free

Sunrise Nature Photography

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SeriesSat, Aug 26 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Aug 26 • 3 PM
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Sun, Aug 27 • 11 AM
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Family Fish School

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SeriesSun, Aug 27 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Aug 30 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

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September 2017
SeriesSat, Sep 2 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

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SeriesSat, Sep 2 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 3 • 12 PM
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GPS Scavenger Hunt

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SeriesSun, Sep 3 • 3 PM
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Mon, Sep 4 • 10 AM
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Creature Feature

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SeriesWed, Sep 6 • 10 AM
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SeriesSat, Sep 9 • 10 AM
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Photo Meet-up at River Trail

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SeriesSat, Sep 9 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 10 • 10 AM
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Creature Feature

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SeriesSun, Sep 10 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Sep 16 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 17 • 1:30 pm
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Spiders

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SeriesSun, Sep 17 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Sep 20 • 10 AM
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Bird The PreservesFri, Sep 22 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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SeriesFri, Sep 22 • 7 PM
$3.00

NIGHTLIFE – Night Hike

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SeriesSat, Sep 23 • 3 PM
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Bird The PreservesSun, Sep 24 • 1:30 pm
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Birding Basics

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SeriesSun, Sep 24 • 3 PM
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SeriesTue, Sep 26 • 11 AM
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Seniors in all Seasons

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SeriesSat, Sep 30 • 3 PM
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October 2017
Sun, Oct 1 • 1:30 pm
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All-A-Buzz About Honey

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SeriesSun, Oct 1 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Oct 4 • 10 AM
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Bird The PreservesFri, Oct 6 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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SeriesSat, Oct 7 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

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SeriesSat, Oct 7 • 3 PM
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Sun, Oct 8 • 1:30 pm
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Falling into Autumn Walk

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SeriesSun, Oct 8 • 3 PM
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Mon, Oct 9 • 1:30 pm
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Falling into Autumn Walk

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SeriesSat, Oct 14 • 3 PM
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Fall Festival

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SeriesSun, Oct 15 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Oct 18 • 10 AM
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SeriesSat, Oct 21 • 3 PM
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Sun, Oct 22 • 1:30 pm
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Creatures of the Night

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SeriesSun, Oct 22 • 3 PM
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Sat, Oct 28 • 1:30 pm
$1.00

The Un-haunted Forest

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SeriesSat, Oct 28 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Oct 28 • 7 PM
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NIGHTLIFE – The Return of Scary Stories

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Sun, Oct 29 • 1:30 pm
$1.00

The Un-haunted Forest

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SeriesSun, Oct 29 • 3 PM
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November 2017
SeriesWed, Nov 1 • 10 AM
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Sat, Nov 4 • 10 AM
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Conservation@Home: Composting

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SeriesSat, Nov 4 • 3 PM
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Sun, Nov 5 • 1:30 pm
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Fall Changes

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SeriesSun, Nov 5 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Nov 11 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

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SeriesSat, Nov 11 • 3 PM
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SeriesSun, Nov 12 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Nov 15 • 10 AM
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SeriesFri, Nov 17 • 7 PM
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NIGHTLIFE – Owl Prowl

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SeriesSat, Nov 18 • 3 PM
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Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 19 • 1:30 pm
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Nocturnal Hunters – Owls

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SeriesSun, Nov 19 • 3 PM
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Sun, Nov 26 • 1:30 pm
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Creature Feature

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SeriesSun, Nov 26 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Nov 29 • 10 AM
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