Trailside Museum of Natural History

Trailside Museum Entrance

Established in 1931, the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History served as the first public nature education facility of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

 

Visitors to the Museum, housed in a historic mid-1870′s Victorian mansion, will discover displays of live native animals, colorful wildflower gardens, information about local wildlife and their habitats, and more.

 

Natural-surfaced hiking trails through the surrounding Forest Preserve wind through beautiful oak woodlands and floodplain forest, and to a pond and along the Des Plaines River.

 

Trailside Museum is child-friendly, and offers a wide variety of public nature programs and guided hikes every month, for children, families and adults. School groups and organizations are welcome to make reservations to visit, and will receive a customized tour with a naturalist.

 

Trailside Museum is located at the western edge of suburban River Forest, and is easily reached by foot, bicycle, car, or public transportation.

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738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
708-366-6530
 

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

Events List Navigation

April 2017
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 29 • 1 PM
Free

Giant Bird Art Workshops

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Apr 30 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
May 2017
Thu, May 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesFri, May 5 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissSun, May 7 • 10 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 13 • 6 AM
Free

#BirdThePreserves Big Sit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 14 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-Up at Wolf Road Prairie

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 14 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 18 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesFri, May 19 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 20 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside History Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, May 21 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 27 • 1 PM
Free

Sketch-booking and Journaling Along the Trails

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, May 29 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
June 2017
Don't MissSun, Jun 11 • 12 PM
Free

Trailside Museum’s 85th Anniversary

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
July 2017
Wed, Jul 19 - Thu, Jul 20 • 9 AM
$20

Fishing Fun Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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