Join us on the prairie this year as we go exploring the cusp of prehistory at the Middle Grant Creek site! The mission of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the restoration and preservation of indigenous prairieland – a now rare type of ecosystem – that nearly disappeared after 200 years of Euro-American land use in the area. As part of that effort, ongoing, archaeological research is being done to identify both prehistoric and historic sites, cultures, and land-use patterns. One such site, identified in 2002, is the Middle Grant Creek Site. Testing in 2006 determined that it was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and, last year, scholars began what is likely to be a four-year project to further investigate the site. So, we invite you to come out to the Midewin and work side-by-side with these professionals! You will get the chance to excavate, screen, and record the site, and help us discover how prehistoric people lived and interacted with their environment. While you’re here, be sure to take a foray into the city of Chicago and its museums, restaurants, and other attractions, only one hour away – see you this summer!