To serve as an advocate and Friend of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie by supporting prairie restoration and promoting the many volunteer, research, educational, and recreational opportunities at Midewin.   We are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be under control.  Until then, The Midewin Alliance and Midewin Interpretive Association board hopes that everyone stays safe and well.  

Midewin remains open to the public.  Visitors are encouraged to recreate responsibly to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.  See our latest newsletter for more information.

The Volunteer Recognition Banquet has been
postponed until further notice.

The Welcome Center is closed.  Which means the bookstore and sales center is closed too.

Aurora Plush Animals:
The Raccoon is 12" tall and priced at $19.99. 
Barney the Great Horned Owl is 9" tall and priced at $14.99.
And many other furry friends are available too.   

Hooded Sweatshirts:
New Hanes zip-up hooded sweatshirts in Forest Green and Maroon priced at $39.99.

Nice variety of adult and children's t-shirts available.
A variety of books, including children's books, for sale too.


$35,000 Matching Donation Drive 

The Matching Donation Drive ended 12/31/2019.
We would like to thank all of you who made a donation.
We almost made our goal with $27,000.

The Midewin Alliance is conducting a fund-raising campaign to purchase any or all of the following:
• A bison viewing scope to be installed at east bison pasture overlook
• A golf cart to be used by Midewin volunteer trail monitors and stewards
• An ADA compliant tram to facilitate certain narrated tours of Midewin

If you are interested in helping with this matching donation opportunity or have questions, please contact Jerry Heinrich, president of the Midewin Alliance at g.heinrich@sbcglobal.net or 815-476-6171.


Volunteers harvesting native plant seed at Midewin’s
River Road Native Seedbeds. Hundreds of volunteers and
organizations, clubs, companies, and groups are helping
achieve the vision of Midewin as a restored native
landscape where people can enjoy and learn in the outdoors.
Midewin trails are open for non-motorized recreation,
including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and
cross-country skiing. As the largest public open space
in northeastern Illinois, Midewin offers experiences of
vastness and opportunities to experience prairie
ecosystems and view grassland wildlife.  
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivora), by Rich Hickson. 
Midewin is a refuge for grassland birds, whose numbers 
are declining in the Midwest due to loss of grassland 
habitat as pastures are converted to suburban housing, 
commercial and industrial development, or corn and 
soybean crop fields.                                                                
                                                    Background photo:  Bill Glass