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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September 2017
SeriesThu, Sep 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 23 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Sep 24 • 10 AM
Free

Fall Celebration Hike

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

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
October 2017
SeriesSun, Oct 1 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesTue, Oct 3 • 4 PM
Free

Pond Paddle

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 7 • 7:30 am
Free

Fall Migrant Birds

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 7 • 12 PM
Free

Familias Jugando en la Naturaleza

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Oct 8 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Oct 9 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Oct 14 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-up at Trailside

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 15 • 10 AM
Free

Conservaton@Home: Gardening Now

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissFri, Oct 20 • 5:30 pm
Free

An Evening at Trailside

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Oct 21 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 22 • 1 PM
Free

Creatures of the Night

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

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 29 • 1 PM
Free

Skins and Skulls

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 4 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 5 • 1 PM
Free

Migration Mysteries

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesFri, Nov 10 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

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

Celebrating Native American History Month: Powwow 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Nov 12 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

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

Nature Story Time

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

Ready for Winter

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesFri, Nov 24 • 1 PM
Free

Turkey Trot Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Nov 25 • 1 PM
Free

November Navigation

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Nov 26 • 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