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, 2016. 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

May 2016
Man taking a photo of a flower
SeriesSat, May 28 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 28 • 1 PM
Free

Dip In the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, May 30 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, May 31 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
June 2016
SeriesThu, Jun 2 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 4 • 1 PM
Free

What Does the Coyote Say?

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

Companion Planting

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jun 9 • 6 PM
Free

Campfire Sing-a-long

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 11 • 10 AM
Free

Nesting Birds Walk

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

Trail Art — Site As Studio

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

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 18 • 10 AM
Free

(Almost) Summer Stroll

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

Father’s Day Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jun 23 • 6:30 pm
Free

Rock on Campfire Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jun 25 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 26 • 1 PM
Free

Bird of the Month: American Robin

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
July 2016
Sat, Jul 2 • 1 PM
Free

Bugland

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 3 • 9 AM
Free

July Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Jul 4 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 7 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 9 • 1 PM
Free

Woodland Ramble

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 10 • 1 PM
Free

Adult Color-Rama

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jul 14 • 8 PM
Free

Evening Symphony

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Don't MissSat, Jul 16 • 9 AM
Free

Painting By The Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 17 • 9:30 am
Free

Parent/Child Fishing

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 17 • 1 PM
Free

Parent/Child Fishing

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Jul 18 • 9 AM
$15

Animal Adventures Day Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 23 • 10 AM
Free

Walk with Dragons and Damsels

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Jul 24 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jul 28 • 8 PM
Free

Evening Moths

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 30 • 1 PM
Free

Creature Feature

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 31 • 1 PM
Free

Bird of the Month: Great Blue Heron

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
August 2016
SeriesThu, Aug 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 6 • 10 AM
Free

Neighborhood Tree Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 7 • 1 PM
Free

Reptiles Revealed

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 12 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats — Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 13 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

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

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 26 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats — Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 27 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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