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

January 2019

Thu, Jan 17 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

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

Winter Bird Walk

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

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Wildlife Myths Demystified

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 26 • 1 PM
$2

Family Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jan 27 • 1 PM
$5

Introduction to Colored Pencil Workshop

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

February 2019

Sat, Feb 2 • 1 PM
Free

Wild Tracks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Feb 7 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

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

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 9 • 9 AM
Free

Bird N’ Bagel

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Feb 13 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Feb 16 • 1 PM
Free

Snowshoe Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Feb 17 • 9 AM
$59

Winter Photography

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Feb 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Feb 23 • 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