Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

On Friday, December 9, 2016 a webcam was installed in areas where the bison have been known to graze. The webcam operates from 6am until 6pm Central Time. The grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times when the herd is visible.



Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin is undergoing a transformation as the U.S. Forest Service and several partners work to restore a native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision.


Planning Your Trip

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Recent News


Podcast: Midewin Hotshots

Midewin Hotshots

Hear Squad Leader Mike Bittner talk with WJOL's Scott Slocum about the Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew

Podcast: Bison Project Talk with WGN TV

Bison Calf

NEWS STORY: Watch the Midewin bison and listen to ecologists talk with WGN about the bison experiment.

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Fall Color

Grant Creek Sunrise

Warm days and cool nights bring out the colors of the forest. Visit Midewin to discover your favorite place to view fall color!

National Public Lands Day Event

Volunteer at Midewin

Take the Ranger-led Hike to look for the Midewin bison herd. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead at 11 a.m.   


2018 Program and Events Guide

YCC students examining milkweed

The 2018 Program and Events Guide is now available!