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 accepting donations for our 2018 silent auction that takes place at the Volunteer Recognition Banquet scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Renaissance Center.

Thanks to all who donated, bid on, and purchased items, making 2017 our most successful silent auction yet!

Click here for a list of items that were offered for 2017.

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