General information regarding our Education programs. How to visit on your own or make reservations. Reservations for all Macon County Conservation District programs and services may be made Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling 217-423-7708.Read More
Special Programs for Educators at the Macon County Conservation District
The Macon County Conservation District is committed to providing enriching educational opportunities for students and educators of all kinds: classroom teachers, homeschoolers, and youth group leaders. The District offers materials for classrooms, field trip destinations, Mobile Nature Center presentations, training opportunities for educators, and assistance with scout badge workshops and requirements for all scouting groups and levels.
Macon County Conservation District is an extension of your classroom. Our nature programs for all grade levels complement your science curriculum with hands on learning. Our living history programs teach children from pre-kindergarten through college about pioneer life on the Illinois prairie.
All programs can be held at Rock Springs Conservation Area and many can also be held at other conservation areas including: Griswold, Sand Creek, Friends Creek, and Fort Daniel Conservation Areas. Many programs can also be offered right in your own classroom. All programs and activities correlate with Illinois State Learning Standards (SLS).
Programs and opportunities are available for schools, home-school groups, after school programs, and organized youth groups, such as scouts, religious groups, day care centers, and summer camps.
Rock Springs Conservation Area and Nature Center is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur at 3939 Nearing Lane. To get to Rock Springs Center from Decatur go south on Route 48 and turn right onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available. Rock Springs GPS Coordinates are 39.817713 N, 89.00932 W [get directions]
Don’t just learn about nature on your field trip, do your part to take care of it with these green field trip ideas.Read More
Let us bring a program to you with the following special presentations from our Mobile Nature Center. These programs may also be scheduled at Rock Springs Nature Center.Read More
These programs include an indoor presentation and hike. All programs are 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Grades 4 through 6. Programs can be adapted for other grade levels.Read More
The Mobile Nature Center can be scheduled for your school or group. It is ideal for outdoor events, science fairs, scout and community activities. Learn how you can make arrangements for an astronomy demonstration with our telescopes or schedule a Star Lab Mobile Planetarium.Read More
These interactive teaching kits, which were assembled by conservation district education staff, are available to educators in the Macon County Area. Select a themed box from a variety of nature- or history-themed kits.Read More
These interactive teaching kits, which were assembled by conservation district education staff, are available to educators in the Macon County Area. View more to choose from a wide variety of themed trunks.Read More