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

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December 2017
SeriesThu, Dec 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Dec 23 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesThu, Dec 28 • 1 PM
Free

Raptor Rendezvous

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Dec 30 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
January 2018
Wed, Jan 3 • 1 PM
Free

Dinosaur Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jan 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jan 5 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Snowshoe Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 6 • 1 PM
Free

New Year’s Resolution Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Jan 7 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jan 10 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jan 12 • 9 AM
Free

Winter Walkers Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 13 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Sustainable Seed Saving: Native Plant Edition Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jan 18 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

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

Winter Sleepers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jan 21 • 1 PM
Free

Snowshoe Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jan 25 • 7 PM
Free

Wild Suburbia

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jan 26 • 9 AM
Free

Winter Walkers Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 27 • 1 PM
Free

Cultural Resources in Cook County Forest Preserves

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jan 28 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
February 2018
SeriesThu, Feb 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Feb 2 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Snowshoe Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Feb 3 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Feb 9 • 9 AM
Free

Winter Walkers Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Feb 10 • 1 PM
Free

Snow Shelter Building

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Feb 15 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Feb 17 • 10 AM
Free

Wild Tracks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Feb 18 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Feb 21 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Feb 22 • 7 PM
Free

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Feb 23 • 9 AM
Free

Winter Walkers Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 24 • 8 AM
Free

The Birds Think It Is Spring

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Feb 25 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County