Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

On Friday, December 9, 2016 a webcam was installed in areas where the bison have been known to graze. The webcam operates from 6am until 6pm Central Time. The grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times when the herd is 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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Podcast: Live from a Bunker - Prairie Restoration on Midewin

Feature: Prairie Restoration - Boomer

Volunteers & partners talked about prairie restoration at Midewin - live from a bunker.

Podcast: Midewin Hotshots

Midewin Hotshots

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

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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?