Trailside Museum of Natural History

Trailside Museum Entrance

Trailside’s Birdhouse Contest Now Open

The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creative building skills. Houses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Prizes will be awarded. Houses due by May 23, 2018. Learn more >

 

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

June 2018
SeriesSat, Jun 23 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jun 24 • 1 PM
Free

Bugs Driving You Buggy?

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jun 30 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
July 2018
Sun, Jul 1 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside Animal Connections – Hawks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 5 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 7 • 9 AM
$59

Trailside Photo Class With Jack Carlson

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 7 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 7 • 1 PM
Free

Warrior Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 8 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 11 - Thu, Jul 12 • 9:30 am
$20

Fishing Fun Day Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 14 • 8:30 am
Free

Bats – Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 14 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 19 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jul 19 • 6 PM
Free

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 21 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 22 • 1 PM
Free

Summer Nature Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 25 • 1 PM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jul 27 • 8 PM
Free

They Fly By Night – Moths

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 28 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
August 2018
SeriesThu, Aug 2 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 4 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 5 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside Animal Connections – Owls

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Aug 8 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 9 • 7 PM
Free

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 10 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats – Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 11 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 12 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Aug 16 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 16 • 6 PM
Free

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 18 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 19 • 1 PM
Free

Summer Nature Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Aug 22 • 4:30 pm
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 25 • 7:30 am
Free

Late Summer Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 25 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 25 - Sun, Aug 26 • 1 PM
Free

Pond Dip Drop-In

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