Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie


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In 2016, The National Forest Foundation and USDA Forest Service installed a web cam for visitors to check-in on the bison herd throughout the day. Midewin Public Services tracks to see when the bison are visible in the web cam & will post on Facebook & Twitter.




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Come visit Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie! Fifty miles from Chicago, the 18,500 acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a place where volunteers, partners and staff are restoring one of the last remnants of the native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision here.

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Plan Your Trip: Bicycling  Plan Your Trip: Nature Viewing   Plan Your Trip: Find Your Spot - Hunting  Plan Your Trip: Horseback Riding







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Recent News


Honoring Prairie Farmsteads

Spotlight: Honoring Historic Farmsteads

In 1838, local resident Henry J. Abel was heard to say that prairie farmsteads were “preferable by far to the timberlands.” What made Abel say that?


Feature: Prairie Restoration - Boomer

Podcasts featuring staff from Midewin. 


Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Midewin

News Release: National Public Lands Day

On National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, over 100,000 volunteers will be involved in service projects at over 1,000 sites on public lands across the U.S.