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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April 2016
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 30 • 10 AM
Free

Birding Basics for All Ages

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SeriesSat, Apr 30 • 3 PM
Free

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May 2016
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Bird The PreservesSun, May 1 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birding Basics for All Ages

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, May 1 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesWed, May 4 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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Bird The PreservesSat, May 7 • 5:30 am
Free

The Big Sit

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SeriesSat, May 7 • 3 PM
Free

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Bird The PreservesSun, May 8 • 9:30 am
Free

Mother’s Day Bird Walk

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Sun, May 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Flowers for Mom

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SeriesSun, May 8 • 3 PM
Free

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Sat, May 14 • 9:30 am
Free

Jr. Photographers

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SeriesSat, May 14 • 3 PM
Free

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Bird The PreservesSun, May 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birds of Prey

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SeriesSun, May 15 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesWed, May 18 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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SeriesFri, May 20 • 7:30 pm
$2

Nightlife Series: Bird Tales

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Sat, May 21 • 10 AM
Free

Master Gardener Series: Protecting Pollinators

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SeriesSat, May 21 • 3 PM
Free

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Bird The PreservesSun, May 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Migratory Madness

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SeriesSun, May 22 • 3 PM
Free

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SeriesSat, May 28 • 3 PM
Free

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Sun, May 29 • 1:30 pm
Free

Capturing Coyotes

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SeriesSun, May 29 • 3 PM
Free

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Mon, May 30 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County