Welcome


OUR MISSION

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.



SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER to be held during
the Volunteer Recognition Banquet on March 28, 2020.

The Volunteer Recognition Banquet has been
postponed until further notice.

We are seeking donations to the Silent Auction to be held during the Volunteer Recognition Banquet on March 28, 2020. 

Please contact Penny Vanderhyden at penvan@sbcglobal.net or 815)478-4913.  

Donated items may be dropped off at the Midewin Welcome Center Desk by March 27, or may be brought to the Volunteer Recognition Banquet.  Please provide your full name, brief item description, estimated value, and suggested minimum bid amount.  

Thank you for your support!


New Items For Sale in the Welcome Center

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.



PAST FUNDRAISERS

$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.



THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING A DONATION OR BIDDING ON SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FOR THE VOLUNTEER BANQUET ON MARCH 30, 2019.





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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.






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.                                                        

   Background photo:  Bill Glass