Trailside Museum of Natural History

Trailside Museum Entrance

2016 Holiday Schedule

Nature Centers will be closed from 2pm on December 24 to 9am on December 27. Regular hours resume December 27.

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

Events List Navigation

December 2016
Bird The PreservesSun, Dec 11 • 1 PM
Free

Birds of Winter

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

Nature Story Time

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

Winter Wildlife

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

Here Comes the Sun – Winter Solstice Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesTue, Dec 27 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Dec 28 • 1 PM
Free

Turtle Time Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Dec 29 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone Appetit”

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
January 2017
Tue, Jan 3 • 1 PM
Free

New Year’s Resolution Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jan 4 • 1 PM
Free

Hawk Tales

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 7 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Animal Tracking

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

Flint Knapping Workshop

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Jan 16 • 9 AM
$69

Maker/Nature Holiday Day Camps

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jan 20 • 7 PM
$49

Owl Prowl at Thatcher Wood

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jan 21 • 1 PM
Free

Snow Day

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

Conservation@Home: Easy Care Native Gardening

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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