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Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum

738 Thatcher Avenue

Established in 1931, Trailside Museum of Natural History served as the first public nature education facility of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

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.


Ellen Mardula

Monday, March 19, 2018
Great place to take a little walk around in nature. The animals outside (They have a coyote, owls, and a hawk) are neat to check out. And then you can go inside to check out the main floor of the historic house turned nature center. Great fun for ALL ages.

Paul Chase

Saturday, June 23, 2018
A tucked away corner of woodlands in the neighborhood. Nature center with guides and kids activity center, small but fairly diverse, focusing on the original inaccurate if the forest.

benn diss

Saturday, July 8, 2017
I was just there with my neighbor and happened to walk into a feeding of the birds and the coyote. It was very cool. Adam was well informed, great with kids but this is awesome for adults as well. I had to cut it short because my neighbor had to go to work, but can't wait to go back. Tomorrow they have a blue grass gig. ;) THIS IS FREE, so instead of taking your kids to play video games on a nice day, take them here. They have a schedule online by the way.

Ida Waterstrat

Sunday, March 18, 2018
My grandson loved his day here today!!

Bilyan Belchev

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Really great place to take kids year-round. In the winter, you can see the reptiles inside, in the summer you can explore the outside garden and animal cages.

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