Activity - Volunteers will be conducting conservation activities alongside the Midewin Youth Corps, likely conducting planting and seed harvesting. The Midewin Youth Corps is made up of students from North Lawndale College Prep School in Chicago, who are employed full-time to work on the site during June and July.
What to bring – Volunteers should be prepared to work in any type of weather. Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Ankle supporting boots with good traction (i.e. hiking or work boots) are recommended. Absolutely no shorts or sandals. Please bring water, snacks, any emergency personal medications (like epi-pens), sunscreen and bug repellent.
Location – Meet at the Horticulture Building, located by the greenhouse, at the Supervisor’s Office at 30239 South State Rt. 53, Wilmington IL 60481. Park in the main lot and walk over to the Horticulture Building to check in. If you need help with directions, call the Midewin Welcome Center at (815) 423-6370.
Limit: 35 people
What is Midewin? Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established by Congress in 1996 with the Illinois Land Conservation Act and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It is located near Joliet, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. This is a very special place because of the fascinating history, ambitious mission, and vast size, for this area, at 30 sq. miles (18,500 acres). Midewin’s history of land use includes a combination of tribal lands, historic farmstead sites, pioneer cemeteries, and the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant that was built to produce millions of tons of TNT for wartime ammunition starting at WWII. Currently, Midewin’s ambitious mission includes restoring tallgrass prairie, which is one of the planet’s most endangered ecosystems. Some types of land management include restoring wetland hydrology, native prairie planting, invasive control, prescribed fire, and grazing by cattle and bison. The public can enjoy over 30 miles of trails and dozens of free programs for all ages.
Trails are open year round from 4:00am – 10:00pm. The Welcome Center is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday – Saturday (closed on Saturdays during November – March). Check out the Midewin website and follow us on Facebook too!
Questions? Contact Emily Struss, National Forest Foundation at email@example.com