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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September 2018
SeriesWed, Sep 26 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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

All-A-Buzz About Honey

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
October 2018
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 6 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks at River Trail

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

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Falling into Autumn Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Oct 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Falling into Autumn Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Oct 10 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Oct 13 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-up

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Fall Changes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Don't MissSun, Oct 21 • 10 AM
Free

Fall Festival

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Oct 24 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Oct 27 • 8 PM
$3

The Return of Scary Stories

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Oct 28 • 1:30 pm
$3

The Un-haunted Forest

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
November 2018
Sat, Nov 3 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Nov 4 • 12 PM
Free

GPS Scavenger Hunt

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Nov 7 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Nov 10 • 1 PM
Free

Creating Habitats for Native Pollinators

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesFri, Nov 16 • 7 PM
$3

Owl Prowl (Evening Program)

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nocturnal Hunters Owls

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Nov 21 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Feed the Birds

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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