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

March 2019

SeriesSat, Mar 23 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

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

Bucket Bug Hunt

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Tue, Mar 26 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Break Nature Drop In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Mar 27 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Thu, Mar 28 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Break Nature Drop In Days

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Mar 30 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Mar 31 • 12 PM
Free

Searching for Sasquatch

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Mar 31 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

April 2019

SeriesWed, Apr 3 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Apr 5 • 7:30 pm
$3

Nightlife Series: Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Apr 6 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Apr 6 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Apr 7 • 12 PM
Free

GPS Scavenger Hunt

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Apr 7 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Apr 12 • 10 AM
Free

Conservation@Home Series: Building Better Soils

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Apr 13 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Apr 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birds of Prey Series

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Apr 14 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Apr 17 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Apr 20 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Apr 21 • 11 AM
Free

Spring has Sprung Family Drop In

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Apr 21 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Apr 27 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Apr 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

What’s in Bloom?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Apr 28 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

May 2019

SeriesWed, May 1 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, May 4 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, May 4 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, May 5 • 6 AM
Free

The Big Sit!

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, May 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birds of Prey Series

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, May 5 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, May 11 • 3 PM
Free

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

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, May 12 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, May 15 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, May 17 • 7:30 pm
$3

Nightlife Series: Fireside Tales

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, May 18 • 9:30 am
Free

Novice Nature Photography Workshop

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, May 18 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, May 19 • 1 PM
Free

Birding Basics

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, May 19 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, May 25 • 3 PM
Free

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

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, May 26 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, May 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, May 29 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

June 2019

Mon, Jun 17 - Fri, Jun 21 • 9 AM
$250

Travelling Adventurers

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jun 24 - Fri, Jun 28 • 9:30 am
$75

Jr Keepers

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

July 2019

Mon, Jul 8 - Fri, Jul 12 • 9:30 am
$75

Discovery Days Camp

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 15 - Fri, Jul 19 • 9:30 am
$75

Nature Explorers Camp: Morning Session

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 15 - Fri, Jul 19 • 1:30 pm
$75

Nature Explorers Camp: Afternoon Session

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 22 - Fri, Jul 26 • 9:30 am
$75

Discovery Days Camp

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 29 - Fri, Aug 2 • 9:30 am
$75

Jr Keepers

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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