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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October 2016
SeriesSat, Oct 1 • 8 AM
Free

Migrating Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 2 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Oct 6 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Don't MissFri, Oct 7 • 5 PM
Free

An Evening at Trailside

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 9 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Oct 10 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 15 • 1 PM
Free

Bird of the Month: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 16 • 1 PM
Free

Leaf Printing

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Oct 20 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Oct 22 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 23 • 1 PM
Free

Creepy Creatures

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 29 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-Up at Trailside

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 30 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
November 2016
SeriesThu, Nov 3 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 5 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appetit

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesFri, Nov 11 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Nov 12 • 10 AM
Free

November Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Nov 13 • 1 PM
$2

Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Campfire

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Nov 17 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Nov 19 • 1 PM
Free

Bird of the Month: Great Horned Owl

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

Poetry of Nature

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, Nov 25 • 1 PM
Free

Turkey Trot Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 26 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appetit

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

Bone Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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