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

Why Prairie is Important

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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Explore Midewin NTP

Spotlight: Self Guided Tours

Whether you visit Midewin NTP in person or through one of the many podcasts and webinars available, you can experience the wonder of the largest open space in the Chicago metro-area.

Visit the Outdoor Learning section for information on all the ways you can experience Midewin NTP on the ground and from home.

Check out all the information available on our nonmotorized trails, including self-guided tours that are available through an app.

Download a copy of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Visitor Guide here.

History of The Prairie

Box: Bunker Cattle

Human beings and human culture have been part of the landscape which is now the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie for a long time.The cultural history of the Midewin site prior to its designation as a national tallgrass prairie in 1996 can be divided into three broad periods of time. Find out about each, and see features celebrating this special history.


Safety Information for Hunting and More

Two bow hunters stand beside a fall lake.

There is some information that is vital to know before visiting a National Forest or Grassland. Check-in here first when planning your visit.

2021 Bison Crawl: Community Displays and Virtual Bison Expedition

A bison stands among a sea of golden prairie grass.

Celebrate America’s National Mammal with a Bison Crawl and a virtual Expedition on National Bison Day - November 6th, 2021. 


50 Years of Learning with Woodsy Owl!

Ellen Starr in Princeton IL Pollinator Garden

Celebrate by joining one of our 2022 "Lend A Hand, Care for The Land" Panel Discussions Schedule and view the "Woodsy Owl & Friends" Photo Challenge album.

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 1930's.

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