Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie


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In 2016, The National Forest Foundation and USDA Forest Service installed a web cam for visitors to check-in on the bison herd throughout the day. Midewin Public Services tracks to see when the bison are visible in the web cam & will post on Facebook & Twitter.




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Come visit Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie! Fifty miles from Chicago, the 18,500 acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a place where volunteers, partners and staff are restoring one of the last remnants of the native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision here.



Plan Your Trip

Seasonal Highlights

News Release: Graham Foundation

Madlener House Plant Display

Plant Display at Madlener House, Chicago, through January 11; Special presentation on November 16

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Programs and Events

  • Tours
  • Programs
  • Winter Lecture Series

Discover the Prairie



Plan Your Trip: Winter Pedal Power  Plan Your Trip: Find Your Spot - Hunting  Plan Your Trip: Horseback Riding





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Recent News


Honoring Prairie Farmsteads

Spotlight: Honoring Historic Farmsteads

In 1838, local resident Henry J. Abel was heard to say that prairie farmsteads were “preferable by far to the timberlands.” What made Abel say that?


Feature: Prairie Restoration - Boomer

Podcasts featuring staff from Midewin. 


Video B-Roll for Media

Spotlight: Bison Crawl

All video is housed on the Forest Service Vimeo account and linked to from this site. Please check back as links to more b-roll footage will be added over the next few months.