River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Avenue , Northbrook, IL 60062-7122
Price of admission: Free
Website - (847) 824-8360
Hours of Operations: See site for seasonal park and center hours.
Keywords: accessible, Animals, classes, Conservation, cultural, forest preserve, history, indoor, local attraction, Museum, Nature, nature center, Other, outdoors, Park/garden, programs, River, science, tours, tours/walks, walks, wildlife
For 10,000 years, since the last glaciers melted away, the Des Plaines River Valley has been home and highway for plants, animals and people. Only a few hundred years ago American Indians paddled their canoes along the river and hunted bear, deer and elk along its banks, while trappers and fur traders came searching for beaver in its waters. A fragment of that world has been preserved in our Cook County forest preserves. River Trail Nature Center tells the story of native plants and animals that remain in the urban environment. Here you may walk through sugar maple woods along the river on self-guiding trails, learn of the past and present in the exhibit building, and visit a few of our native animals.
Programs and special events are held throughout the year. Trail maps and interpretive publications are available at the front desk, and naturalists are present to answer questions.
Visits by groups are encouraged. Making a reservation by calling the River Trail Nature Center is necessary to insure your group’s prompt orientation by the naturalist and admittance to exhibit facilities. River Trail Nature Center: (847) 824-8360. For general information, call the Resource Management Department at (708) 771-1330; 1 (800) 870-3666; TDD# (708) 771-1190.
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