Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

In 2016, The National Forest Foundation worked in a partnership agreement with the USDA Forest Service to install a web cam. The bison graze across 1,000 acres; Midewin Public Services tracks to see when people can see the bison in the web cam & posts on Facebook & Twitter.  



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


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Feature: Prairie Restoration - Boomer

Podcasts featuring staff from Midewin. 

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?