Fall Programs at Trailside Nature Center
The Trailside Nature Center is located at 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305. (708) 366-6530
THROUGHOUT THE FALL
“Woodpecker Hollow” Nature Play Area
Balance on logs and build with sticks as you experience unstructured playtime in our nature play area.
Fall Story Trail
Read a story as you hike a trail and do activities.
Join us at feeding time to learn about Trailside’s outdoor resident animals.
Monday, September 7; Sunday, September 13; Saturday, October 10, Monday, October 12, Sunday October 25; Wednesday, November 11, Sunday, November 7, November 22, Saturday, November 28, Sunday November 29 • 1 pm
Nature Story Time
Nature-inspired stories followed by a craft. For ages 3-6 with adult.
Thursdays, September 3 & 17; October 1 & 15; November 5 & 19 • 10:30 am
Dog Days Walks
Bring your well-mannered, leashed dog on a one-hour guided hike on our trails. Call to register by 2 days prior.
Saturdays, September 19, October 17, November 21 • 10 am
Explore the beauty of the changing seasons on a guided walk along our trails, through the woods and by the pond. Call to register by 2 days prior.
Sundays, October 4 & 18 • 1 pm
An Evening at Trailside
Get up close and personal with your neighborhood nature center. Sample a variety of educational programs and crafts, chat with your local naturalists and get an up close view of our entire mammal furs & skulls collection. A rare “behind-the-scenes” program will show you how we prepare food for our display animals.
Friday, November 6 • 5 – 8 pm
Join other homeschoolers to learn about local nature. Limited space available; register at least 2 days prior to each session. Must be accompanied by adult.
Learn about trees and their roles in our ecosystems, and learn to identify some of our local trees. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, September 23 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Learn about bats, both local and worldwide, their amazing adaptations and importance in ecosystems. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, October 21 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Rocks and Minerals
Learn how rocks and minerals are formed, test minerals for hardness, and learn how we use rocks and minerals in our everyday lives. Children ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, November 18 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Essays, poetry or sketching – a nature journal helps you capture both what you observe and what you feel. Join us for an exploration of the art, science, and fun of journaling as we walk our trails. All materials provided – $3 fee. For teens and adults. Register by 9/3.
Saturday September 5 • 1 pm
Join us on a guided walk around our pond, to see and learn about the plants and animals that call it home. Expect mud! For adults and families with children ages 8 and up. Register by 9/4.
Sunday, September 6 • 10 am
The Endless Garden – Seed Saving
Learn how and when to save and store seeds from your garden plants for next year’s growing season. For adults; register by 9/10.
Saturday, September 12 • 1 pm
Drop by and trace the route of migrating monarchs with crafts and activities.
Sunday, September 13• 1-3 pm
Can you leap as far as a frog, or spear fish like a heron? Test your human abilities against amazing animal adaptations. Drop-in family program.
Sunday, September 20 • 1 – 2:30 pm
CENTENIAL CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES @ TRAILSIDE
Trailside History Hike
Learn about the interesting natural history of Trailside Museum and Thatcher Woods through artifacts and a long 3 mile hike in the woods. We’ll visit Native American sites and a “lost village” along the way. For adults; register by 9/24.
Saturday, September 26 • 1 – 3:00 pm
Early Autumn Walk
Enjoy a naturalist guided walk to learn about our local plants and animals, as summer turns to autumn. Family program; register by 9/25.
Sunday, September 27 • 1 pm
We will take a short walk to view the beauty of nature in early autumn, than capture a detail of it using real tree leaves. Participants must bring their own tee shirt. For adults and children ages 10 and up. Registration required by 10/1.
Saturday October 3 • 1 pm
Tree Identification Workshop
In this indoor/outdoor workshop we will discuss features of local trees used for tree identification, such as bud and leaf shape, habitat and bark. Adults & interested teens. Registration required by 10/9.
Sunday, October 11 • 1 pm
Skull Detectives – The Mystery of the Missing Lunch Use the clues from real skulls to figure out which animal stole the missing lunch. Drop-in family program.
Saturday, October 24 • 1 – 2:30 pm
Creatures of the Night
Who’s creeping when you’re sleeping? Join us to learn about some of our nocturnal wildlife. Family drop-in program.
Saturday, October 31 • 1 – 2:30 pm
Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Campfire
Look for clues about the changing season, then gather ‘round a campfire to toast marshmallows and drink hot cocoa. Family program; $2/person. Register by 10/30.
Sunday, November 1 • 1 pm
On the Trail of the White-tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer is the largest mammal in Illinois. Join us as we explore the natural history of this native animal. Drop-in family program.
Sunday, November 8 • 1 – 2:30 pm
The Eyes Have It Drop-In
Learn how other animals see: from snake eyes that never close to the compound eyes of insects. Drop-in family program.
Saturday, Nov. 14 • 1 – 2:30 pm
Explore line, value, shading and form as we practice sketching plants and animals from life. Register by 11/13; $5 materials fee includes take-home artist’s tools.
Sunday, November 15 • 1 pm
Turkey Trot Hike
Walk off that turkey dinner on a special post-holiday guided hike of the trails around Trailside Museum. Register by 11/25.
Friday, November 27 • 1 pm
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