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Midewin At Home: #AllInIllinois

The USDA Forest Service Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will offer free informational webinars on topics of natural resources and conservation from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays until further notice.

April 16: Midewin and the I&M Canal, with host Joe Wheeler, Midewin archaeologist, heritage program manager and tribal liaison. Celebrate the 35th anniversary of America’s first National Heritage Area.

April 23: How Corn Became King, Twice, in Illinois, with host Joe Wheeler. Explore the history of agriculture in Illinois and learn about the impact of corn and farming practices.

April 30: Prairie Trees, with host Laura Lewis, Midewin visitor information specialist. What species of trees are native to the prairies and how to identify them.

May 7: Prairie Farm History: the Roaring 20s, with host William Shea, Midewin visitor information specialist. Learn about historic farm items on display at the Wilmington Island Park District community building, Elwood Village Hall and at the Joliet Area Historical Museum from July 25 through August 31.

May 14: Midewin For Kids, with host Siobhan Solkowski Peacy, Midewin visitor information specialist. Bees, bats, frogs and more are just of a few of the topics covered in this “sampler” of the Midewin 2020 schedule, with interesting facts for all ages.

No RSVP required; webinars at will be accessible to the first 500 participants on Apr. 16; webinars will be accessible to the first 1,000 participants from Apr. 23 on.