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, 2018. 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

Events List Navigation

August 2018
SeriesThu, Aug 16 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Aug 16 • 6 PM
Free

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 18 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Aug 19 • 1 PM
Free

Summer Nature Hikes

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Aug 22 • 4:30 pm
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 25 • 7:30 am
Free

Late Summer Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Aug 25 • 11 AM
Free

“Bone” Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Aug 25 - Sun, Aug 26 • 1 PM
Free

Pond Dip Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
September 2018
SeriesSat, Sep 1 • 9:30 am
Free

Fall Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesMon, Sep 3 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

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

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissSun, Sep 9 • 12 PM
Free

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

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

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Sep 15 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Mon, Sep 17 • 10 AM
$35

Bird Painting Adult Workshop

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Tue, Sep 18 • 4:30 pm
Free

River Kayaking 101

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 22 • 1 PM
Free

Fabulous Fall

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Sep 26 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Thu, Sep 27 • 5 PM
Free

Kayak the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Sep 29 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
October 2018
SeriesThu, Oct 4 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 6 • 1 PM
Free

Creating Pollinator Habitats

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSun, Oct 7 • 9:30 am
Free

Fall Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Don't MissFri, Oct 12 • 8 AM
Free

Halloween Hoot and Howl

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Oct 13 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Oct 18 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 20 • 8 AM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 21 • 1 PM
Free

October Orienteering

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Oct 24 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Oct 27 • 1 PM
Free

Creatures of the Night

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sun, Oct 28 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
November 2018
SeriesThu, Nov 1 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Sat, Nov 10 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesThu, Nov 15 • 10:30 am
Free

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 17 • 9:30 am
Free

Fall Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
SeriesSat, Nov 24 • 1 PM
Free

Bone Appétit

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

Autumn Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Wed, Nov 28 • 10 AM
Free

Nature Tots

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