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Field Trips and Events

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Check back often for an updated listing of Field Trips and Events!


Ongoing Special Events


  • Geology of Midewin Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    April 11, 2015

    15,000 years ago, a one-mile thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois, leaving its mark on Midewin and creating prehistoric environments that included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence ... Learn more


  • Indian Boundary Prairies Earth Day Celebration

    Dropseed Prairie and the Prairie Center
    April 25, 2015

    This Earth Day celebration will include nature activities and refreshments provided by the Friends of Indian Boundary Prairies. It will be held at Indian Boundary Prairies at Dropseed Prairie and the Prairie Center (which is located at 156th and Homan Ave. in Markha... Learn more


  • Spring Bird Count at Indian Boundary Prairies

    Indian Boundary Prairies
    May 09, 2015

    Do you love birds? Want to shake your cabin fever and enjoy the spring weather? Help out with the Spring Bird Count on May 9. All attendees will meet at Indian Boundary Prairies Headquarters. For more information, please contact Mary Anichich at manicich@tnc.org. Learn more


  • Midlothian Clean Up

    Midlothian Village Hall, located at 14801 S. Pulaski Avenue, Midlothian, Illinois
    May 16, 2015

    The Midlothian Clean Up is an annual event sponsored by the Village of Midlothian. Through their generosity, we are able to collect and remove trash and other debris from the prairie, which improves the health of this important natural area. Volunteers can meet at th... Learn more


  • Chicago Zoological Society & Wildlife Conservation Network Conservation Expo

    Brookfield Zoo
    May 09, 2015

    Stop by and visit us at this international wildlife conservation event, which is a collaboration between the Chicago Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Network and Forest Preserves of Cook County.  Five leaders in the conservation field will present their... Learn more


  • Spring Birds of Indian Boundary Prairies

    Markham Public Library, 167th & Kedzie Avenue, Markham, Illinois
    May 06, 2015

    Do you want to learn more about the birds of Indian Boundary Prairies? Dick Riner of Bartel Grasslands and Thorn Creek Audubon will talk about the array of species you’ll see on the prairie this spring. This free event will take place at the Markham Public Lib... Learn more


  • Geology of Midewin Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    October 03, 2015

    15,000 years ago, a one-mile thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois, leaving its mark on Midewin and creating prehistoric environments that included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence ... Learn more


  • Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Praire
    October 10, 2015

    In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant on what is now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Why did they choose this spot? How was it built and operated? Learn the answers to these questions, hear about about the de... Learn more


  • Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    September 05, 2015

    In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant on what is now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Why did they choose this spot? How was it built and operated? Learn the answers to these questions, hear about about the de... Learn more


  • Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    August 15, 2015

    In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant on what is now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Why did they choose this spot? How was it built and operated? Learn the answers to these questions, hear about about the de... Learn more


  • Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant Tour

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    July 11, 2015

    In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant on what is now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Why did they choose this spot? How was it built and operated? Learn the answers to these questions, hear about about the de... Learn more


  • Earth Day Celebration!

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
    April 25, 2015

    Celebrate Earth Day by helping us fight invasive garlic mustard! Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that is rapidly taking over many woodland areas and suppressing valuable native wildflowers. It not only threatens native plants but all other wildlife that depends... Learn more


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