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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December 2017
Fri, Dec 1 - Wed, Feb 28
$10.00

JUNIOR NATURALISTS: Winter Season

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Dec 23 • 3 PM
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SeriesSun, Dec 24 • 3 PM
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Tue, Dec 26 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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SeriesWed, Dec 27 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

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Wed, Dec 27 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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Thu, Dec 28 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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SeriesSat, Dec 30 • 3 PM
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SeriesSun, Dec 31 • 3 PM
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January 2018
Tue, Jan 2 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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Wed, Jan 3 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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Thu, Jan 4 • 1 PM
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Winter Break Nature Drop In Days

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SeriesSat, Jan 6 • 3 PM
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Sun, Jan 7 • 1:30 pm
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Beginner Snowshoe Hikes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Jan 7 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Jan 10 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

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SeriesSat, Jan 13 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

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SeriesSat, Jan 13 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 14 • 1:30 pm
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Two Owls & a Naturalist

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SeriesSun, Jan 14 • 3 PM
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Mon, Jan 15 • 1:30 pm
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Two Owls & a Naturalist

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Sat, Jan 20 • 6 AM
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Sunrise Nature Photography

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SeriesSat, Jan 20 • 3 PM
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Sun, Jan 21 • 1:30 pm
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Wonderful Winter Wildlife

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SeriesSun, Jan 21 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Jan 24 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Jan 26 • 7 PM
$3.00

Winter Night Hike

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jan 28 • 1:30 pm
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Groundhog Day, Again…

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SeriesSun, Jan 28 • 3 PM
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February 2018
SeriesSat, Feb 3 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 4 • 1:30 pm
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Beginner Snowshoe Hikes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 4 • 3 PM
Free

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

Small Serendipity

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

Restoration Workdays

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 10 • 11 AM
Free

Conservation@Home: Sustainable Seed Starting; Native Plant Edition

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 10 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 11 • 1:30 pm
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Sit Down With A Skunk

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SeriesSun, Feb 11 • 3 PM
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SeriesSat, Feb 17 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 17 • 6 PM
$10.00

Sweetheart Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 18 • 1:30 pm
Free

In Search of the Snow Flea

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Feb 18 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 21 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Feb 23 • 7 PM
$3.00

Winter Night Hike

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

Sap’s Rising

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SeriesSat, Feb 24 • 3 PM
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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Feb 25 • 1:30 pm
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Sap’s Rising

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SeriesSun, Feb 25 • 3 PM
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March 2018
Don't MissSun, Mar 18 • 11 AM
Free

46th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

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