( Above: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 60 miles south of the Loop, by Jerry Heinrich)
(Below: Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, by Gary Chancy, US Forest Service)

Donate to support our natural treasures.

Did you know 60 miles south of the Loop lies Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a vast expanse of land where bison roam? What about the school and community gardens across Chicago that act as green havens for city dwellers to find peace and connect to the land?

We need to protect these places for the future and to create more open space, like Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the first national wildlife refuge in our region! Donate today to protect our special natural places.


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(Image: Glacial Park by Marty Hackl, a part of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge's ecosystem)