The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in southern Will County, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is the largest tallgrass prairie ecological restoration project east of the Mississippi River, and one of the great open space resources / biodiversity preserves in the greater Chicago region.
Each winter, the Visitor’s Center at Midewin hosts a lecture series on conservation, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of this 19,000-acre prairie, wetland, savanna, and woodland complex between Joliet and Wilmington. These presentations are free and open to the general public.
All lectures begin at 7pm at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Welcome Center (or Hotshot building if additional space is needed). Doors open at 6:30pm with refreshments provided by The Midewin Alliance. It is recommended you RSVP by calling 815-423-6370 or by emailing Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us, as space is limited and seating tends to fill up.
The Rocks and Rolls of Midewin Tallgrass Prairie
Join Volunteer Interpreter Keith Graham on Thursday, March 10th for a geologic history of MNTP. The four season environment we live in today with all of its various life forms and natural processes is all too familiar to us. But has it always been this way? What changes have occurred in the Midewin area throughout geologic history that eventually evolved to what we experience today? Was our neighborhood much different from what we have now?
This program takes us on a journey through time as we witness the environmental changes over the past 400 million years and the geologic process involved in those changes.
Save the following Thursday evenings for these upcoming lectures, and click here for a full Event Calendar (pdf).
- March 24, “Amphibians and Reptiles of the Tallgrass Prairie,” presented by naturalist Kevin Luby
- April 7, “National Parks and America’s Railroads,” presented by the Glenwood Railroad Museum’s Pat Thrasher