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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January 2017
Sat, Jan 28 • 1 PM
$2

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jan 29 • 1 PM
$5

Nature Sketching

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
February 2017
SeriesThu, Feb 2 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Feb 11 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone Appetit”

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

Warm Hearts Hike

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

Nature Story Time

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

Hibernation Happens

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

The Ghosts of Conservation

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Feb 20 • 9 AM
Free

Maker/Nature Holiday Camps

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 25 • 8 AM
Free

The Birds Think it is Spring

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