25 Years of restoring habitat for grassland birds and more
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie community is celebrating 25 years in 2021. Whether you are a volunteer, partner, hiker, birder, student, contractor, owl spotter, photographer, staff member, bison enthusiast, horse rider or all of the above, this is milestone belongs to you.
Since early 2020, volunteers, partners and staff have been meeting to plan activities and events that will be opportunities for you to learn and celebrate the past and be part of what is ahead in the next 25 years.
This web page will be updated regularly with news about educational programs planned throughout the year, including a series of panel discussions with some of the key partners who have been essential during the first 25 years of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
Engage through Highlighted Anniversary Events
Throughout 2021, there will be opportunities to celebrate while learning more about Midewin NTP. Recordings from events will be linked on our Events page as they occur.
January 5, 6 p.m.
February 10, 6 p.m.
Happy Anniversary Midewin NTP! With Bill Kurtis and Sarah Stegner
March 3, 6 p.m.
Midewin NTP: Caring for the Land and Serving People World Wildlife Day event
April 22, 6 p.m.
Midewin NTP: 25 Years of Volunteers and Partners Earth Day Event.
May 20, 6 p.m.
POLLINATING AMERICA’S PRAIRIE: We've Only Just Begun
A Timeline of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Before the First 25 Years
The Next 25 Years
Whether its contributing photos and information to the Midewin NTP library in the iNaturalist smartphone application or finding "your trail" or more, there are many ways that you can be a part of the future by helping to spread enthusiasm for this magical place.
The award-winning Midewin NTP Volunteer program is managed through a Partnership agreement with the USDA Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy. From planting to harvesting; seed cleaning and more, you are sure to find a way to be directly involved in the next 25 years at Midewin NTP. For information about the Volunteer program, visit Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - Volunteering (usda.gov).
Involvement of young people will continue to be essential in the next 25 years. Students acquire skills and contribute in restoration projects at Midewin NTP through two summer youth employment programs. Students are with the USDA Forest Service's Youth Conservation Corps and the National Forest Foundation's Midewin Youth Corps, which involves students with North Lawndale Prep School in Chicago.
Discover your Prairie
Check back here for upcoming anniversary celebration events! If you or your organization would like to be involved please contact Veronica Hinke.
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 IL State Highway 53
Wilmington, IL 60481