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: December – February
Building 9 am – 3:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm
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 – November
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm

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

Events List Navigation

February 2016
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Don't MissSat, Feb 13 - Sun, Feb 14 • 11 AM
Free

Darwin Celebration Days

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Feb 14 • 1 PM
Free

Warm Hearts Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Feb 15 • 1 PM
Free

Nature Fun on President’s Day

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, Feb 17 • 2 PM
Free

Homeschool Connections: Restoration Ecology

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Feb 20 • 1 PM
Free

Owl Secrets

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
CancelledSat, Feb 27 • 9 AM
Free

ENTICE Teacher Workshop: Wildlife Basics for E. C. Educators

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Feb 28 • 1 PM
Free

What’s That LBB (Little Brown Bird)?

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
March 2016
Thu, Mar 3 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Mar 5 • 3:30 pm
Free

One Earth Film Festival

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

Designing a Garden for Birds, Butterflies and You

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Mar 12 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

How Hard is Your Shell?

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Mar 17 • 10:30 pm
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Mar 19 • 1 PM
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Herb Gardening

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

Turkey Vulture – Bird of the Month

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

Biking in the Forest Preserves

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, Mar 29 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
April 2016
SeriesSat, Apr 2 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Apr 7 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Apr 9 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Apr 16 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Apr 21 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, Apr 26 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
May 2016
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Don't MissSun, May 1 • 10 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 5 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, May 6 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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#BirdThePreservesSat, May 7 • 5:30 am
Free

The Big Sit

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

Spring Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 19 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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SeriesSat, May 28 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

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
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County