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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Trails 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: June – August
Building 9 am – 6 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 6 pm
Trails 8 am – 5:30 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:40 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Trails 8 am – 4:30 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm
Trails 8 am – 3:30 pm

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

Events List Navigation

April 2015
Sun, Apr 26 • 1:30 pm
Free

Wildflower Walk

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, Apr 29 • 10 AM
$1

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
May 2015
Sat, May 2 • 9:30 am
Free

Photography Workshop

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, May 3 • 1:30 pm
Free

Capturing Coyotes

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, May 10 • 1:30 pm
Free

Mother Nature's Day

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, May 13 • 10 AM
$1

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesFri, May 15 • 7:15 pm
$2

Nightlife Series: Night Hike

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, May 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Frog Frenzy

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, May 24 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, May 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Creature Feature

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
SeriesWed, May 27 • 10 AM
$1

Small Serendipity

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Sun, May 31 • 1:30 pm
Free

River Round-Up

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County