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.
Amphibians and Reptiles of the Tallgrass Prairie
Join Ranger Kevin Luby on Thursday, March 24 for an interactive discussion of the amphibians and reptiles of the tallgrass prairie. Where should you look to spot these critters on the prairie? What types are you likely to find? Are there venomous snakes in the area? You’re going to have to be present to learn the answers and to get a chance to meet and greet a few of these sometimes underappreciated cold-blooded creatures.
Save the following Thursday evening for the final lecture in this year’s series, and click here for a full Event Calendar (pdf).
- April 7, “National Parks and America’s Railroads,” presented by the Glenwood Railroad Museum’s Pat Thrasher