Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Iron Bridge Trailhead Tours

    Three tours branch out from the Iron Bridge Trailhead and provide a buffet of information for all visitors. There is a little bit of everything Midewin.

    "The Land " tour follows a southward direction. Learn about what a tallgrass prairie really is. Discover how farmers broke the prairie, drained it, and two species of trees they introduced to the land. See how the land was shaped by glaciers.

    The "Prairie Survival" tour is a westward trail around the northern and western sides of the bison display pasture. Discover how vital fire is to the existence of prairie habitat. Unearth knowledge of the native people who used this land before farmers changes prairie to farmland. Learn about the role bison played on this land. Grasp the important role cattle grazing plays at Midewin. View the bridge that played a key function for the Arsenal.

    The "Arsenal Days" tour follows an eastward path on an old township road back in time. Here you uncover information about the arsenal and how Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie came into existence.

    Iron Bridge Trail Team

    Lorin Schab (Edit & Review Arsenal History/Volunteer)

    Joe Wheeler (Edit & Review Midewin History/USDA:Forest Service)

    Rick Short (Edit & Review Midewin/USDA: Forest Service)

    Michelle Pearion (Edit & Review Prairie/USDA: Forest Service)

    Siobhan Solkowski-Peacy (Writer & STQRY Developmental Co-ordinator/ USDA: Forest Service)


    #1 - Barb Kappel

    #2 - Paul Schlesinger

    #3 - Wendy Oswald

    #4 - Mary Brauer

    #5 - Janine Catchpole

    #6 - Linda Schedin

    #7 - Bill Bromer

    #8 - Elspeth Stanzil

    #9 - Nancy Taylor

    #10 - Keith Graham

    #12 - Sharon White

    #13 - Diane Kurtz

    #14 - Kim Shehorn

    #15 - Tom Biskie

    #16 - Penny Vanderhyden

    #20 - Greg DuBois

    #21 - Carol Ference

    #22 - Jack McNamara

    #23 - Deb Beaird