Friday, January 7, 2011

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Offers Free Public Lectures in Winter 2011

Are you looking for free, educational activities to fill some of your winter evenings?  Do you enjoy learning about nature and the ecology of Will County's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie?  

If so, you may want to check out the Midewin 2011 Lecture Series:

From the Midewin website:
"The 2011 Midewin Lecture Series will offer many interesting public lectures throughout the the winter months. Each program will introduce participants to some aspect of the natural and cultural history of Midewin and northeastern Illinois.  The presenters include Midewin staff, faculty from area universities, and individual experts.
  1. Thursday, January 20: Bats, by Sharon Peterson, of Incredible Bats
  2. Thursday, February 3: Barn Owl Reintroduction, by Dan Thompson,Ecologist, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
  3. Thursday, February 17: Bison in the Tallgrass Prairie, by Chris Widga, Assistant Curator of Geology at the Illinois State Museum
(Remainder of lectures to be announced.)
All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Midewin Supervisor’s Office, located 2 miles north of Wilmington on Illinois Highway 53.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Advance registration is not necessary.  There is no cost for attending the lecture.  Complimentary drinks will be provided courtesy of the Midewin Alliance.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Midewin at (815) 423-6370, or email Tyler Hinspeter at"

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was created by an act of Congress when the Joliet Arsenal was decommissioned.

Will County News has conducted two oral history interviews regarding the Joliet Arsenal:
--One interview with a man whose family's farm was bought by the government for the Joliet Arsenal
--One interview with a women who worked making TNT in the Joliet Arsenal