Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

2024 Winter Lecture Series

Midewin Winter Lecture Series are back! Please join us for these entertaining and thought-provoking presentations at the Midewin NTP Welcome Center.

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Welcome to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the largest island in the archipelago of protected areas that collectively comprise the Chicago Wilderness. It includes full array of species and natural processes typical of tallgrass prairies in the region, including the reintroduction of bison.

Turning back the clock from a landscape dominated by rusting munitions factories and abandoned ammunitions bunkers into a 20,283 acre pristine tallgrass prairie makes the Midewin a compelling vision for landscape scale restoration.

In this video from the National Forest Foundation, Bill Kurtis explains how the surprisingly long roots of prairie plants help the environment.

Visit the Prairie

Know Before You Go

Look for Bison

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Bison Cam is brought to you by the National Forest Foundation.


Visitor Guide: What to Know Before You Go

Down a gravel trail, a lone coyote howls into the air.

There is some information that is vital to know before visiting a National Forest or Grassland. Check in here first when planning your visit and receive the latest information you need to know before visiting Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

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Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Youth Conservation Core

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) employs high school age crew members to work alongside USDA Forest Service staff to experience the wide range of essential jobs involved in land management. Applications open until March 15th, 2024.

Please contact our Youth Program Coordinator, Abbey Hays, at abbott.hays@usda.gov for an application.

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