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There’s always something happening at the Macon County Conservation District!  Staff and volunteers work all year round to provide you with educational programs, restore natural areas, and preserve historic sites.  To know what’s going on:

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Learn about the Apollo missions, see scale replicas of rockets and moon landing equipment on loan from NASA, and more at Rock Springs Nature Center. This temporary exhibit will be up through January 2020. Stop by during Rock Springs Nature Center's weekend hours: Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm. Rock Springs Nature Center, and all of the conservation areas, are free: MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-areas/rock-springs-nature-center ...

Learn about the Apollo missions, see scale replicas of rockets and moon landing equipment on loan from NASA, and more at Rock Springs Nature Center.  This temporary exhibit will be up through January 2020.  Stop by during Rock Springs Nature Centers weekend hours: Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm.  Rock Springs Nature Center, and all of the conservation areas, are free: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-areas/rock-springs-nature-center

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One of many benefits to volunteering with the Conservation District, is that you have the opportunity to participate in special programs and learning experiences. This week, some of the District volunteers explored nineteenth century cooking at Homestead Prairie Farm. They even got to make and taste some period recipes made in the Trobaugh-Good House. Explore opportunities waiting for you: MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities. Photo by volunteer photographer, Larry Holder. ...

One of many benefits to volunteering with the Conservation District, is that you have the opportunity to participate in special programs and learning experiences.  This week, some of the District volunteers explored nineteenth century cooking at Homestead Prairie Farm.  They even got to make and taste some period recipes made in the Trobaugh-Good House.  Explore opportunities waiting for you: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities.  Photo by volunteer photographer, Larry Holder.

The orange portion of the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail will be closed for construction through winter, beginning October 17.

As you may recall, the Bike Trail is scheduled for improvements this fall and winter. The erosion control structures will be repaired, the bridge approaches will be reshaped, and new bridge decking will be installed.

We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you. We look forward to steady bridge foundations, and smooth bridge approaches and crossings for cyclists, walkers, runners, and nature lovers for many years to come!

For your safety, please heed all Bike Trail closures, and watch for posted signs. For trail status at any of the conservation areas, check the Macon County Conservation District Facebook page, the Conservation District website (MaconCountyConservation.org), or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/MCCD_217).

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Transportation Department.
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The orange portion of the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail will be closed for construction through winter, beginning October 17.

As you may recall, the Bike Trail is scheduled for improvements this fall and winter. The erosion control structures will be repaired, the bridge approaches will be reshaped, and new bridge decking will be installed.  

We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you.  We look forward to steady bridge foundations, and smooth bridge approaches and crossings for cyclists, walkers, runners, and nature lovers for many years to come!

For your safety, please heed all Bike Trail closures, and watch for posted signs. For trail status at any of the conservation areas, check the Macon County Conservation District Facebook page, the Conservation District website (https://MaconCountyConservation.org), or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MCCD_217).

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Transportation Department.

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Darn! I was going to take my Little Rascal for a spin. I got a new flag and everything!

Disappointed the trail will be closed but glad it’s getting the necessary repairs to the bridges.

Kevin Vessels

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1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

Mary Morrow was on a roll with pumpkin rolling Sunday afternoon at the Rock Springs Conservation Area’s Fall Harvest Festival.  Competing against several other kids on a downhill slope outside the Nature Center building, Mary stood out before the race got going because she was dressed in period 1880s clothing . . .

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Healthy Burn for Prairie

Prairie used to cover most of Illinois. Fires occurred routinely and naturally, which rejuvenated the prairie grasses and maintained their health, said Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center manager. The Macon County Conservation District has used prescribed burns since 1978 to restore conservation areas for several reasons . . .

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