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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May 2017
SeriesMon, May 29 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
June 2017
SeriesThu, Jun 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Let's Move! OutsideThu, Jun 1 • 6 PM
Free

Nature (Play) Night Drop-Ins

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 3 • 10 AM
Free

Family Fishing

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jun 9 • 8 PM
Free

Full Moon Hike

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissSun, Jun 11 • 12 PM
Free

Trailside Museum’s 85th Anniversary

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 17 • 1 PM
Free

Our Great Rivers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 18 • 7:30 am
Free

Nesting Birds Walk

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

Father’s Day Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 24 • 10 AM
Free

Summer Stroll

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Let's Move! OutsideSun, Jun 25 • 1 PM
Free

Bugland

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
July 2017
SeriesSat, Jul 1 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 2 • 9 AM
Free

Beginning Bird Walk

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 6 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 8 • 9 AM
$47.20 - $59

Discover Thatcher Woods with Your Camera

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Let's Move! OutsideThu, Jul 13 • 6 PM
Free

Nature (Play) Night Drop-Ins

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Let's Move! OutsideSat, Jul 15 • 1 PM
Free

Parent/Child Woodland Ramble

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Jul 16 • 1 PM
Free

Adult Color-Rama

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 19 - Thu, Jul 20 • 9 AM
$20

Fishing Fun Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Jul 20 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 22 • 10 AM
Free

Family Fishing

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

Wildlife Watch

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jul 27 • 7:30 pm
Free

Evening Moths

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 29 • 1 PM
Free

Ant Scientists Wanted

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
August 2017
SeriesThu, Aug 3 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 3 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats – Night Stalkers

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 6 • 1 PM
Free

Wildflower Hike at Thatcher Prairie

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 12 • 10 AM
Free

Family Fishing

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

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

Nature Story Time

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

Late Summer Nature Hike

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

Snakes Alive Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Aug 21 • 12:30 pm
Free

(Almost) Total Solar Eclipse

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 26 • 7:30 am
Free

Birds at the End of Summer

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 31 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats -Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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