Parents & Teachers

What's Available Near/Around Midewin

Mighty Acorns LogoMighty Acorns

Mighty Acorns is an environmental education program that connects students to multiple, meaningful and sustained interactions with their local ecosystem. The program is designed for 3rd - 5th grade students and can be modified for other grade levels. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a Partner Provider with the program, working with schools to facilitate field study trips and host stewardship field trips.

Midewin offers the Mighty Acorns Youth Training sessions throughout the year. during these sessions volunteer interpreters are trained to lead nature lessons and stewardship activities for local elementary school students. Dates and times for sessions are located in the News and Events section of the website under the event "Midewin Programs and Volunteer Days".


Leave No Child Inside LogoLeave No Child Inside

The Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside initiative promotes a culture in which children enjoy and are enocuraged to be outside in nature, and as a result are healthier, have a sense of connection to their place, and become supporters and stewards of local nature. For more information visit the Chicago Wilderness website.


Environmental Education Association of IllinoisEnvironmental Education Association of Illinois

The Environmental Education Associaton of Illinois (EEAI) is a group of concerned citizens who are interested in educating people of all ages to the importance of understanding and protecting the environment. EEAI provides a variety of training for programs such as Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Growing up WILD. For more information visit their website.


Illinois DNR LogoENTICE Educator Workshops

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) created the Illinois Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education (ENTICE) to support incorporating long-term, standards-based, natural resource education into Illinois classrooms.These workshops offer Professional Development Hours for teachers. To find out about upcoming courses visit the ENTICE website.


Illinois Natural History Survey logoIllinois Natural History Survey

This is a resource for information on Illinois biological resources. The site provides data, outreach and education opportunities, programs and research. For more information visit the INHS website.



National Resources

US Forest Service Specific


Get Outside!

Lesson Plan/Activity Resources

NEEF Programs/Resources


The Bison Project - Homepage

big bison in a field

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, National Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and many others partnered to bring the bison back to Midewin. Resources for learning about Bison.

Science in Action

Monarch Butterfly

Visit the Nature and Science section for information and resources about invasive species, endangered species, native seed production, birds and amphibians/reptiles.