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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January 2017
SeriesWed, Jan 25 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Jan 27 • 7 PM
$2

Winter Night Hike

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

What’s On The Menu?

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

Groundhog Day, Again…

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
February 2017
SeriesSat, Feb 4 • 3 PM
Free

What’s On The Menu?

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

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 8 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Feb 10 • 7 PM
$10

Sweetheart Night Hike

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

Restoration Workday

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 11 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

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

What’s On The Menu?

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

Sit Down With a Skunk

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

What’s On The Menu?

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

In Search of the Snow Flea

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Feb 22 • 10 AM
Free

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Fri, Feb 24 • 7 PM
$2

Winter Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sat, Feb 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Sap’s Rising

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

Sap’s Rising

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
March 2017
Don't MissSun, Mar 19 • 11 AM
Free

45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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