Learn about America’s National Mammal on the 4th Annual interpretive “Bison Crawl”

Release Date: Oct 14, 2021

Contact(s): Veronica Hinke

  • Virtual “expedition” with live feed from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site in Canada; First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park; the Henslow Trail at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and more! 

  • Digital Map of bison learning stations at museums, libraries and more!    

A bison stands among a sea of golden prairie grass.

A bison grazes along the Henslow Trail at the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Celebrate bison – America’s National Mammal – in the 4th annual Bison Crawl, which will include a virtual cross-country bison expedition to Montana, Alberta, Canada and to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Photo by Greg DuBois.

WILMINGTON, Ill. (Oct. 13, 2021) – Celebrate America’s National Mammal with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and partners on National Bison Day: Look for bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois; learn about historic rock art and more at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Montana; and talk with historians at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site in Alberta Canada! The virtual cross-country expedition will happen from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on National Bison Day, which is Saturday, November 6. In the weeks before National Bison Day, learn about bison through displays, activities and more at nearly a dozen partner sites on the Bison Crawl.  


  • “Bison and Owls” Go live with us to the trails at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie where specialists with the USDA Forest Service and the Forest Preserve District of Will County will provide updates as they look for the bison! Will they see bison? Learn about the amazing relationship between bison and short-eared owls and the best places to watch for them this winter! 

  • “Bison in Art and Culture” Go live with us to the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Montana (Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest). See a historic drawing of bison and learn about the history of bison in art. The "Sacred Bison, Source of Life" presentation will provide an overview of the critical role of bison in the survival of Native people. This program will be presented from a very special bison-shaped canvas. 

  • “Historic Buffalo Jumps” Go live with us to meet with Interpreters with the Montana State Parks at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in Ulm, Montana and historians at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site in Canada! We will see rock art that makes these treasured places some of the most cherished historic sites in the world.  

“We are very excited about this year's National Bison Day program, and the conservation education partners who are involved from near and far,” said Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang. “For months, a team has been meeting regularly to strategize and plan for this to be an engaging and educational program that we hope will provide a lasting and impressionable experience for all ages.”  

REGISTER here for the virtual expedition on National Bison Day.


Nearly a dozen partner government and non-profit organizations are hosting educational spotlights that include staff picks of bison interpretive books; as well as interpretive items that are on loan from from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, including bison fur and teeth; molds of bison hoof prints and much more. We continue to add sites to the Bison Crawl map as more displays and activities are confirmed.  

2021 Virtual Bison Crawl Map