Trailside Museum of Natural History

Trailside Museum Entrance

Trailside’s Birdhouse Contest Now Open

The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creative building skills. Houses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Prizes will be awarded. Houses due by May 23, 2019. Learn more >

 

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

June 2019

Thu, Jun 20 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jun 22 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jun 29 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jun 29 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

July 2019

SeriesSat, Jul 6 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 10 - Thu, Jul 11 • 9 AM
$20

Fishing Fun Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 10 - Thu, Jul 11 • 9:30 am
$20

Fishing Fun Day Camp

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 13 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 17 • 2 PM
$5 – $10

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Jul 18 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 20 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Jul 20 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Jul 24 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Jul 26 • 8:30 pm
Free

They Fly By Night–Moths

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Jul 27 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

Trailside Animal Connections: Fox

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

August 2019

Thu, Aug 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 3 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Aug 7 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 10 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Aug 14 • 2 PM
$5 – $10

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 15 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 15 • 7 PM
Free

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 17 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Summer Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 18 • 9:30 am
Free

Late Summer Bird Walk

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

Trailside Animal Connections: Hawk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 23 • 1 PM
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 23 • 5:30 pm
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Aug 23 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats: Night Stalkers

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 24 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 31 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

September 2019

Don't MissSun, Sep 8 • 12 PM
Free

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

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