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Trailside Museum of Natural History

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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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Events List Navigation

September 2015
Sat, Sep 5 • 1 PM
$3

Nature Journaling

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Sep 6 • 10 AM
Free

Pond Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Sep 7 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 12 • 1 PM
Free

The Endless Garden: Seed Saving

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Sep 13 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Sep 13 • 1 PM
Free

Monarch Migration

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Sep 17 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 19 • 10 AM
Free

Dog Days Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Sep 20 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Olympics

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, Sep 23 • 2 PM
Free

Homeschool Connections: Forest Ecology

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 26 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside History Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Sep 27 • 1 PM
Free

Early Autumn Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
October 2015
SeriesThu, Oct 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 3 • 1 PM
Free

Leaf Printing

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 4 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Oct 10 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 11 • 1 PM
Free

Tree Identification Workshop

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Oct 12 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

Nature Story Time

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

Dog Days Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 18 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, Oct 21 • 2 PM
Free

Going Batty

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 24 • 1 PM
Free

Skull Detectives: The Mystery of the Missing Lunch

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 31 • 1 PM
Free

Creatures of the Night

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
November 2015
Sun, Nov 1 • 1 PM
$2

Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Campfire

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Don't MissFri, Nov 6 • 5 PM
Free

An Evening at Trailside

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 7 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

On the Trail of the White-Tailed Deer

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, Nov 11 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone Appetit”

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Nov 14 • 1 PM
Free

The Eyes Have It

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Nov 15 • 1 PM
$5

Nature Sketching

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, Nov 18 • 2 PM
Free

Homeschool Connections: Rocks and Minerals

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Nov 21 • 10 AM
Free

Dog Days Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Nov 22 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Nov 27 • 1 PM
Free

Turkey Trot Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 28 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Nov 29 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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