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: December – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm
Hours: March – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – November
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Events List Navigation

February 2016
Sun, Feb 7 • 1:30 pm
Free

Snowshoe Hikes

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

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SeriesTue, Feb 9 • 7 PM
Free

Master Gardener Monthly: Perfect Perennials for Perpetual Color

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

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 13 • 10 AM
Free

Restoration Workdays

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

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Sun, Feb 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

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

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Mon, Feb 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

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SeriesFri, Feb 19 • 7 PM
$2

Nightlife Series: Winter Night Hike

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

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Sun, Feb 21 • 1:30 pm
Free

In Search of the Snow Flea

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SeriesSun, Feb 21 • 3 PM
Free

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

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Feb 27 • 11 AM
Free

Master Gardener Workshop: Seed Starting

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sap’s Rising

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SeriesSat, Feb 27 • 3 PM
Free

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

Sap’s Rising

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

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March 2016
maple-syrup-fest
Don't MissSun, Mar 20 • 11 AM
Free

44th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

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May 2016
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#BirdThePreservesSat, May 7 • 5:30 am
Free

The Big Sit

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