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A national tallgrass prairie in Chicago's backyard? Midewin is a local treasure worth visiting--come learn more!

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What is Midewin (pronounced mi-DAY-win) National Tallgrass Prairie? Learn about the history and geography of this very special place less than an hour from the city.  Join C2ST and longtime Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie volunteers Lynn Dempsey, Greg DuBois, Ron Kapala, and Christina L. Sammet, Ph.D., as they take us on a virtual journey to explore restored wetlands, prairies, and observe wildlife. While learning why conservation is so important, visit some of the best examples of restored prairie. Register now for Prairie 101 to join the conversation on how Midewin will change and what change means for wildlife and recreation in this two-park summer evening series. 

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located about 60 miles south of Chicago on Historic Route 66. Many trails are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Midewin offers an expansive 30-mile trail system — 8 miles for hiking and 22 miles for multi-use — Open to the public free of charge.  It is a hidden gem in our backyard that must be visited as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Wednesday, August 11th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV YouTube Live.

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We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone. Please respect diversity in individuals and in cultures.

Featured speakers:

Lynn Dempsey


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Lynn Dempsey has volunteered at Midewin for 10 years. She is part of the weekend team that monitors Midewin's streams for water quality. Lynn is also a volunteer in the Citizen Scientist River Watch program that monitors the same section of the river for macroinvertebrates every year. Lynn loves working with the water quality team but missed giving tours, something she regularly did at the zoo. She is also proud to be a part of the restoration and reconstruction at Midewin. Lynn has always believed in volunteering. She has Emeritus volunteer status at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

Greg DuBois


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Greg DuBois is in his sixth year of volunteer work at Midewin. His contributions at Midewin include construction projects, photographing special events, interpretive services for both child and adult programs and tours, and ecological monitoring, specifically for birds. Greg is the Vice-President and Program Director of Will County Audubon and is active in projects for Illinois Audubon.

Ron Kapala


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Ron Kapala started volunteering at Midewin in October 2014. He has volunteered in restoration, Mighty Acorns, Tour Guide assistant, Tour Guide, and Bison Ranger and assists in various other Midewin programs, both in-person and virtually.

Christina L. Sammet, Ph.D.


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Christina Sammet is a local resident and volunteer who feels privileged to live directly adjacent to the beautiful and vast Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. She was drawn to this volunteer opportunity by the inspiring mission of the Midewin, to heal and restore almost 20,000 acres of this unique tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Christina has participated for the last 3 years in volunteer activities at the Midewin including interpretive programs and ecological monitoring. In her day job, Christina is an Assistant Professor and medical physicist at a children’s hospital working on quality, safety , and research in medical imaging.

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

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