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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February 2018
Wed, Feb 21 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Feb 22 • 7 PM
Free

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Feb 23 • 9 AM
Free

Winter Walkers Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 24 • 8 AM
Free

The Birds Think It Is Spring

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Feb 25 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
May 2018
Don't MissSun, May 6 • 11 AM
Free

Spring Festival

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