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

Why Prairie is Important

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


Know Before You Go: Drone Safety and More For Planning Your Visit

Drone with Camera

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


Visitor Map

Explore the Midewin Prairie with the new Visitor Map.

Preserving Prairie Farm History

A family gathers around their patriarchs, who each hold Midewin 25th Anniversary poster copies

Keeping the  prairie past alive with first-hand family stories, heirloom recipes - four generations share stories of growing up on the "Fairview Farm" in the 1930s. Find out more about the history of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the land through its many past uses.

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At Ease: A Nature Photography Program for U.S. Military Veterans

Spotlight: 2021 At Ease Planner

Brushwood Center's At Ease Nature Platoon is an innovative approach to empowering the well-being of U.S. Military Veterans and their families through the great outdoors.

50 Years of Learning with Woodsy Owl! 2022 Caring for The Land Webinar Series

Ellen Starr in Princeton IL Pollinator Garden

Celebrate by being part of the 2022 "Lend A Hand, Care for The Land" Panel Discussions! See photos from the “Woodsy Owl & Friends” Photo Challenge.


Archaeology Investigations Tell of Prehistoric Life in the Chicago Area

volunteers the relocation of a possible Northwestern University excavation unit from the 1980s

Pieces of prehistoric ceramics identified on October 22, 2021 are indicators of a vibrant native community that was once active here, 50 miles from Chicago.

B-roll Video

Spotlight: Bison Crawl

Videos of activities at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie throughout all four seasons

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