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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July 2018
Sun, Jul 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounters

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Jul 22 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jul 23 - Fri, Jul 27 • 9:30 am
$50

Discovery Days Camp: Session 2

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSat, Jul 28 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Jul 28 • 7 PM
Free

Sunset Nature Photography Workshop

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Jul 29 • 1:30 pm
Free

Bug-a-Palooza

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesSun, Jul 29 • 3 PM
Free

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August 2018
Thu, Aug 2 • 7:30 pm
$3

Fireside Tales

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer in the Woods

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SeriesSun, Aug 5 • 3 PM
Free

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Tue, Aug 7 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors in all Seasons

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 8 • 8 PM
$3

Bats

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Aug 11 • 9:30 am
Free

Nature Photography Workshop for Novices

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

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

The Buzz on Bees

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 15 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 19 • 1:30 pm
Free

Animal Encounters

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

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Aug 25 • 7 PM
$15

Date Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, Aug 26 • 11 AM
Free

Family Fish School

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

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River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Wed, Aug 29 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County