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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: June – August
Building 9 am – 6 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 6 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:45 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

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

Events List Navigation

April 2015
Sat, Apr 18 • 10 AM
Free

Dog Days Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Apr 19 • 1 PM
Free

"Bone" Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Apr 19 • 2 PM
Free

Spring Into the Buzz

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Apr 24 • 10 AM
Free

Weekday Morning Wildflower Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Apr 25 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-Up

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

Earth Day Woodland Walk

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

Spring Wildflower Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, Apr 28 • 1 PM
Free

Weekday Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
May 2015
SeriesSat, May 2 • 1 PM
Free

"Bone" Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissSun, May 3 • 10 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, May 7 • 10:30 am
$1/Child

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, May 8 • 10 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 9 • 10 AM
Free

Garlic Mustard Busters

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 10 • 1 PM
Free

Mother's Day Woodland Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 16 • 10 AM
Free

Dog Days Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 17 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside History Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesWed, May 20 • 2 PM
Free

Homeschool Connections: Invasive Species and the Web of Life

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, May 21 • 10:30 am
$1/Child

Nature Story Time

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

Dip in the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 24 • 1 PM
Free

Creature Feature

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, May 25 • 1 PM
Free

"Bone" Appetit

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

Weekday Nature Walk

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

Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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