Learning Center

“To provide opportunities for scientific, environmental, and land use education and research.”  

- Illinois Land Conservation Act, 1996 

Midewin offers a wide variety of tours, activities, and even volunteer projects that all teach participants about the world around them and the native habitats we are working to bring back to northeastern Illinois.

Nature and Science - royal catchflyNature and Science

Experience nature in action! Learn about Bison or find out more about native seed production. Find out what threatened and endangered species are on Midewin, as well as what non-native invasive species threaten the native prairie plantlife. Learn about grassland habitat for birds and explore what types of amphibians and reptiles you might see while you are here.


History and Culture - Joliet entry pavilionHistory and Culture

Before becoming a National Tallgrass Prairie, Midewin was the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. Before that it was home to herds of wild bison. Find out more about Midewin's place in history, along with how Midewin got it's name.



Safety and Ethics - poison ivyOutdoor Safety & Ethics

Learn to take care of your personal safety as you enjoy the outdoors at Midewin, as well as take care of the land while you visit.





Cube: Just for KidsJust for Kids

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 and activities.



Cube: Parents and TeachersParents & Teachers

Exploring nature gives us a chance to engage our most vital human capacities — our curiosity, our ability to care for other creatures, our creativity and imagination. On this page you'll find resources for lesson plans, training and activities.