Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Welcome to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the largest island in the archipelago of protected areas that collectively comprise the Chicago Wilderness. It includes full array of species and natural processes typical of tallgrass prairies in the region, including the reintroduction of bison.
Turning back the clock from a landscape dominated by rusting munitions factories and abandoned ammunitions bunkers into a 20,283 acre pristine tallgrass prairie makes the Midewin a compelling vision for landscape scale restoration.
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Know Before You Go
Look for Bison
There is some information that is vital to know before visiting a National Forest or Grassland. Check in here first when planning your visit and receive the latest information you need to know before visiting Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
Keeping the prairie past alive with first-hand family stories, heirloom recipes - four generations share stories of growing up on the "Fairview Farm" in the 1930s. Find out more about the history of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the land through its many past uses.
Owl Watch Photography Tours at Midewin: Here's What to Look For
“Owl Watch” is on at Midewin. In recent years, Short-eared owls, Northern harriers and grassland birds of prey have been seen in colder months in the area where bison graze.
Brushwood Center's At Ease Nature Platoon at Midewin NTP
An innovative approach to empowering the well-being of U.S. Military Veterans and their families through the great outdoors.
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Downloadable 2- to 3-minute videos that show life at Midewin throughout the four seasons of the year.