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, 2016. 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

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May 2016
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Don't MissSun, May 1 • 10 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 5 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

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Bird The PreservesFri, May 6 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Bird The PreservesSat, May 7 • 5:30 am
Free

The Big Sit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 8 • 1 PM
Free

Mother’s Day Woodland Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 14 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
CancelledSun, May 15 • 1 PM
$25

Create Stunning Hanging Baskets

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, May 19 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 21 • 1 PM
Free

Yellow Warblers – Bird of the Month

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, May 22 • 1 PM
Free

Trailside History Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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SeriesSat, May 28 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, May 28 • 1 PM
Free

Dip In the Pond

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

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, May 31 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Nature Hike

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