Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

On Friday, December 9, 2016 a webcam was installed in areas where the bison have been known to graze. While the webcam will operate 24 hours every day, the grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times when the herd will be visible.





Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin is undergoing a transformation as the U.S. Forest Service and several partners work to restore a native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision.


Planning Your Trip

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Recent News


Podcast: Midewin Hotshots

Midewin Hotshots

Hear Squad Leader Mike Bittner talk with WJOL's Scott Slocum about the Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew

Podcast: Bison Project Talk with WGN TV

Bison Calf

NEWS STORY: Watch the Midewin bison and listen to ecologists talk with WGN about the bison experiment.

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Come see the Smokey Bear hot air balloon & more!

Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon

Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon May 5th 9am – 11am & more at the Red Carpet Corridor Festival

Earth Day Garlic Mustard Pull

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Earth Day is every day, but let’s make a difference together on this particular day! We need two teams to pull garlic mustard and clear brush to preserve a historic farmstead site.


2018 Program and Events Guide

YCC students examining milkweed

The 2018 Program and Events Guide is now available! 

Podcast: The Land before Lincoln: Illinois in 1818

Midewin Ecologist Bill Glass with Purple Prairie Clover seeds

Podcast: Midewin Archaeologist, Heritage Program Manager and Tribal Liaison talks with WJOL AM Radio's Scott Slocum about "The Land before Lincoln: Ilinois in 1818"