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

April 2019

Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 26 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Apr 27 • 8 AM
Free

Earth Day Des Plaines River Cleanup in Thatcher Woods

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

May 2019

Thu, May 2 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 2 • 7 PM
Free

Nature Book Club

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissSun, May 5 • 11 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesFri, May 10 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 6 AM
Free

“The Big Sit” Birdwatching

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 12 • 1 PM
Free

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 16 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Fri, May 17 • 11 AM
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, May 19 • 8 AM
Free

Migration Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, May 22 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

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

“Bone” Appétit

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

Guided Spring Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, May 27 • 1 PM
Free

“Bone” Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest

July 2019

Wed, Jul 10 - Thu, Jul 11 • 9 AM
$20

Fishing Fun Camp

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County