Virtual Office Notice

As of March 17, 2020, the office has moved to virtual work until further notice, and to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling in-person meetings at this time. Continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you. Please contact us by phone: (815) 423-6370; or e-mail: for any inquiries or assistance.

Midewin trails remain open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are over 30 miles of non-motorized trails. Trail maps in English and Spanish are available online: Self-guided tours are also available on the website that are accessible by smartphone:

The health and safety of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie visitors, volunteers, staff, partners and nearby communities remains our top priority.  Please continue to follow the guidance of our local health officials and CDC. For more information, visit:

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Explore Midewin

Spotlight: Self Guided Tours

Whether you visit Midewin 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 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.

Just for Kids

Midewin for Kids: Bullfrog

Midewin is a fun place with lots to do. Come check out the Welcome Center. Bring your bicycle and visit an old Army bunker. Explore long lanes of prairie wildflowers, insects, and birds at the seedbeds. In this section you'll find kid friendly websites, virtual experiences, and activities.


At Ease: Nature Platoon Photography Program for U.S. Military Veterans

Spotlight: 2021 At Ease Planner
  • 2021 Date Planner
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Photo Album

B-Roll Video

Spotlight: Bison Crawl

All video is housed on the Forest Service Vimeo account. 


Download the 2021 Date Planner

Spotlight: 2021 At Ease Planner

Bring nature into each day in 2021 with the Midewin NTP Date Planner

Nature Photography Basics Classes at...

Bill Kurtis Midewin NTP Silver Anniversary Video

Silver Anniversary: Bill Kurtis

Prairie restoration advocate and journalist produced this Midewin NTP Silver Anniversary video