River Trail Nature Center

River Trail Nature Center Entrance

Since 1958, River Trail Nature Center has told the story of the plants, animals and natural landscapes formed by the Des Plaines River. Floodplain forest, backwater wetlands, oak-hickory woodland, and an ancient remnant of sugar maple-basswood forest make River Trail a mix of habitats for an amazing variety of birds, insects, plants and wildlife.

 

Visitors can experience this abundance of nature through 1.5 miles of walking trails that wind their way through the preserve.

 

Indoor and outdoor exhibits invite visitors to learn about local natural history. Younger children will enjoy River Trail’s nature discovery area, where kids can climb in an eagle nest, crawl in a fox den and create their own puppet shows.

 

River Trail Nature Center offers a number of special events and programs throughout the year.

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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

January 2019

SeriesSat, Jan 19 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounters

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Jan 20 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jan 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounters

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Jan 23 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Jan 25 • 7 PM
$3

Winter Night Hikes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jan 26 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Two Owls & a Naturalist

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Jan 27 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

February 2019

Sat, Feb 2 • 6 AM
Free

Sunrise Nature Photography

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 2 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

Groundhog Day, Again…

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 3 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 6 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 9 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 9 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 9 • 6 PM
$20

Sweetheart Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 10 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Walks

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 10 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 16 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

In Search of the Snow Flea

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 17 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 20 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Feb 22 • 7 PM
$3

Winter Night Hikes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 23 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sap’s Rising

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 23 • 3 PM
Free

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

Sap’s Rising

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 24 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

March 2019

Don't MissSun, Mar 17 • 11 AM
Free

47th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

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