Trailside Museum of Natural History

Join a Nature-Themed Book Club

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more? Are you passionate about nature? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, consider joining Trailside Museum of Natural History and Chicago Audubon Society’s new nature-themed book club.

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Try This! Celebrate 85 Years of Nature Education at Trailside Museum of Natural History

Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum of Natural History on Sunday, June 11, to celebrate 85 years of nature education and programming at the museum.   Attendees can enjoy an ice cream social, join in a bluegrass jam, participate in family-friendly historical activities, meet some of Trailside’s animals, view local history displays, make an animal craft and more.

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Take Time to View Spring Wildflowers

In addition to longer days and warmer weather, one of the most exciting (and most colorful) things about spring is the variety of wildflowers that carpet parts of the forest floor.   Chicagoland is home to numerous different species of native wildflowers, and these plants serve a crucial role in the ecosystem. Spring wildflowers provide unique and important habitat for native pollinators and other insects. These insects then become important sources of nourishment for migratory birds.

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Explore For an Hour, a Day, or Even a Night: Central Zone

From boating and biking to birdwatching and fishing, there are numerous ways to experience the great outdoors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, Cook County residents and visitors can find ways to explore the Forest Preserves for an hour, a day, or even a night.

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Chicago Voyagers Introduces Youth To Great Outdoors

On a sunny, warm day in March, nine children from a local school spent their afternoon learning about nature and giving back to their community during a visit at Trailside Museum of Natural History. The experience, which included a guided nature walk and a litter clean-up, was directed by Chicago Voyagers, a youth development program that uses experiential adventure-based programs and activities to help foster the development, responsibility and leadership in Chicagoland youth.

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