Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

2023 "At Ease" Date Planner Available Now

The planner features photos taken by U.S. Military veterans and their families at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Printed copies are available at the Welcome Center and a digital copy is available for download.

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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.

In this video from the National Forest Foundation, Bill Kurtis explains how the surprisingly long roots of prairie plants help the environment.

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Know Before You Go

Look for Bison

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Bison Cam is brought to you by the National Forest Foundation.


Visitor Guide: What to Know Before You Go

Down a gravel trail, a lone coyote howls into the air.

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.

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Preserving Prairie Farm History

A family gathers around their patriarchs, who each hold Midewin 25th Anniversary poster copies

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.

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