Through Nov. 2, the Welcome Center will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Ranger Trailer will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, with a Ranger-led walk to look for the Midewin bison at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
Midewin Trails are open daily, 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington. According to its website at fs.usda.gov, "Midewin is undergoing a transformation as the U.S. Forest Service and several partners work to restore a native
tallgrass prairie ecosystem."
Some highlights of the Midewin Welcome Center include:
• Books and gifts that interpret the native Illinois prairie, plants and wildlife are offered by the Midewin Interpretive Association.
• Two telescopes point in the direction of where two bald eagles are building a family in the trees across Highway 53 (old historic Route 66).
• Archaeology exhibits include fossils and pre-historic bones and teeth of mastodons and bison that roamed the area thousands of years ago.
• Picnic tables are available on the porch.
• Aldo Leopold quotes inspire on the walls inside and on a stone plaque in front.
• Printed copies of the 2019 Midewin Program Guide.
• Printed trail maps - Trail maps and other information is printed and available. Trail maps & descriptions are also available online in English and Spanish at Espanol at fs.usda.gov/main/midewin/maps-pubs.
Midewin volunteer Frank Ibarra provides information to a visitor to the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead at the USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
At the USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Saturday hours resume in the Welcome Center and the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead will re-open for Sunday information and tours in this brand new season.