This site is part of the Cook County Forest Preserves system. It showcases an area where Native Americans hunted bear, deer and elk along the banks of the Des Plaines River, and trappers and fur traders hunted beaver in its waters. Today you can see a fox, red-tailed hawk, great horned and barrel hawks, coyote and a bald eagle in the outdoor cages -- and bees in their hives. There are many more family-friendly exhibits in the building (closed on Friday). There are loads of well-marked trails that you may find yourself sharing with deer.
November -February open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
March - October open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
During mosquito season, don't forget bug spray.
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