Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • 502 Welcome Center

    Midewin Welcome Center offers a tranquil space with pleasant nature sounds on a recording with colorful interpretive signs that highlight the cultural and natural history of the land. Visitors to the Welcome Center will find out more about Midewin's history and mission and how restoration is occurring.

    Those coming to learn about or view the Bison will want to start here to find out more about the Bison Project and explore the bison boxes. There are several displays at the Welcome Center, including Glaciers, Wetland Habitats, Prairie Habitats, Wildlife that Inhabit Wetlands and Prairies, Ghosts of the Prairie and the Timeline of the Midewin Area. The Welcome Center has a variety of programs and tours from April to October. During the winter months we host a "Winter Lecture Series" on nature and conservation related topics, held in the conference room.

    The Welcome Center is open from April through the end of October, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  From November through March winter operational hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trails remain open year-round, Monday through Sunday, from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.