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.


Know Before You Go

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.

Preserving 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.


Celebrate Woodsy Owl’s Golden Birthday & National Public Lands Day

Ellen Starr in Princeton IL Pollinator Garden

For 50 years, Woodsy Owl has reminded Americans to "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute" and "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land." Join us in celebrating!

September is National Preparedness Month

A man with a camera rides a bike along a grass trail  in summer.

Take some time this month, as a family or individual, to establish a checklist of ways to be better prepared for emergencies.

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