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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September 2016
Bird The PreservesSat, Sep 3 • 10 AM
Free

Birding Basics

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Sun, Sep 4 • 1:30 pm
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Creature Feature

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Mon, Sep 5 • 1:30 pm
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Creature Feature

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Small Serendipity

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Restoration Workdays

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SeriesSat, Sep 10 • 3 PM
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Sun, Sep 11 • 1:30 pm
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Spiders

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Bird The PreservesSun, Sep 18 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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Small Serendipity

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Bird The PreservesFri, Sep 23 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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Bird The PreservesSat, Sep 24 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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Bird The PreservesSun, Sep 25 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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SeriesSun, Sep 25 • 3 PM
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SeriesFri, Sep 30 • 7 PM
$2.00

Night Hike

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October 2016
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 1 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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Sun, Oct 2 • 1:30 pm
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All-A-Buzz About Honey

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Small Serendipity

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Bird The PreservesFri, Oct 7 • 9 AM
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Bird Walks

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SeriesSat, Oct 8 • 10 AM
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Restoration Workdays

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Sat, Oct 8 • 1:30 pm
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Falling into Autumn Walk

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SeriesSat, Oct 8 • 3 PM
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Sun, Oct 9 • 1:30 pm
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Falling into Autumn Walk

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Mon, Oct 10 • 1:30 pm
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Falling into Autumn Walk

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Don't MissSun, Oct 16 • 10 AM
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Fall Festival

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SeriesSun, Oct 16 • 3 PM
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SeriesWed, Oct 19 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

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Sun, Oct 23 • 1:30 pm
$1.00

The Un-haunted Forest

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SeriesSun, Oct 23 • 3 PM
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Fri, Oct 28 • 7 PM
$2.00

The Return of Scary Stories

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SeriesSat, Oct 29 • 3 PM
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Sun, Oct 30 • 1:30 pm
$1.00

The Un-haunted Forest

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November 2016
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Small Serendipity

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Sun, Nov 6 • 1:30 pm
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Fall Changes

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Let's Move! OutsideSun, Nov 13 • 12 PM
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GPS Scavenger Hunt

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SeriesWed, Nov 16 • 10 AM
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Small Serendipity

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Fri, Nov 18 • 7 PM
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Owl Prowl

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SeriesSat, Nov 19 • 10 AM
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Photo Meet-up at River Trail

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SeriesSat, Nov 19 • 3 PM
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Sun, Nov 20 • 1:30 pm
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Nocturnal Hunters—Owls

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Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 27 • 10 AM
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Feeder Watching

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Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 27 • 1:30 pm
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Feeder Watching

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