Rock Springs Nature Center is open for its regular hours (face masks required). All Conservation Areas and trails are open. Please continue social distancing. Check out our events for in-person and virtual programs.
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At Sand Creek, there may be short segments of trail closed for work, but these will not affect the entire trail system. All other Conservation District trails are open. For Sand Creek trail availability, you may also call the Sand Creek Trail Conditions Hotline at (217) 421-7493.
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Conservation Areas are open 7am to sunset, every day of the year. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Spring Volunteer Hike
Conservation District Volunteers will learn a bit more about the different Conservation Areas while looking for flora and fauna. Call or email to register.Read More
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Bird Banding Open House
Join the Decatur Audubon Society and Millikin University professor Dr. Travis Wilcoxen for a look at bird banding: the practice of catching wild birds to collect data and place a metal band for identification on their leg.Read More
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents.Read More
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Preschool Peepers: Bluebirds
What’s so special about Eastern bluebirds? Young children are invited to find out by visiting a bluebird nest box, doing a craft, and learning about their natural history. Register online.Read More
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Enjoy all of the Macon County Conservation Areas throughout the year.
Fort Daniel Conservation AreaLocated near Mt. Zion in southeastern Macon County, Illinois, Fort Daniel Conservation Area is a 200-acre site rich in history and recreational opportunity [get directions].
Fort Daniel’s GPS Coordinates are 39.781681 N, 88.828326 W.
Learn more about Fort Daniel Conservation Area
Macon County Conservation District in Macon County, Illinois
The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District is your entryway to more than 3,600 acres of nature, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. Hiking and bird watching are just some of the activities you can enjoy at Macon County conservation areas. Visit Rock Springs Nature Center to experience exhibits, live animals, or nature center events offered year-round.
Browse all Programs & Events to find out what’s happening throughout your Macon County Conservation District.
To promote the conservation of natural and cultural resources by acquiring, maintaining, and restoring natural areas and cultural sites so as to leave them unimpaired for future generations.