Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest


sandy hollow now open

Get to know the newest area of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

With the first three years of restoration completed, Sandy Hollow is ready for visitors! The newest area of the Dixon Refuge features a 2.7-mile trail system leading through prairie, savanna, and forest habitats, along with informational signage and a special open-sided pavilion with a sweeping vista.


Celebrate Wetlands & cranes

Thursday, October 11, at the Glen View Club

TWI's fall benefit will feature Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, as the keynote speaker for the evening. Join us in celebrating these charismatic birds while supporting TWI's habitat restoration projects, because cranes need wetlands to make a home!

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Climb the observation tower, hike the trail system, enjoy excellent birdwatching, or during the summer paddle and fish on the lakes.

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge


Many parts of Midewin are open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, bison viewing, and other activities. 

Location & Visiting Midewin