News & Announcements

COVID-19 Announcements

To control the spread of COVID-19, all drinking fountains and playgrounds remain closed. Rock Springs Nature Center is open by appointment only, and only to conduct business (call 217-423-7708 to schedule an appointment). All Conservation Areas, trails, and outdoor restrooms are OPEN. Please continue to follow all social distancing guidelines. Friends Creek Campground is open. […]

Trail Conditions

All Conservation District trails are open. For Sand Creek Conservation Area trail conditions and availability, you may also call the District hotline at (217) 421-7493.

Upcoming Events


Sunday, Jun 7, 2020
Rock Springs Concert Series: Cactus Ranch

Tune into the Macon County Conservation District Facebook page for a live streaming concert with Cactus Ranch.

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Sunday, Jun 14, 2020 - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
Walleye Fishing Trip to Lake Erie

Join staff on a trip to the Great Lakes to fish for walleye on a charter boat. Register online by June 1.

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Sunday, Jun 21, 2020
Rock Springs Concert Series: The Red Wheelbarrows

Tune into the Macon County Conservation District Facebook page for a live streaming concert with The Red Wheelbarrows.

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Sunday, Jun 28, 2020
Rock Springs Concert Series: Celtic Whistle

Tune into the Macon County Conservation District Facebook page for a live streaming concert with Celtic Whistle.

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Conservation Areas

Enjoy all of the Macon County Conservation Areas throughout the year.

Friends Creek Conservation Area
Friend’s Creek is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Road Cisco, IL 61830 [get directions].
Friend’s Creek GPS Coordinates are 40.029688 N, 88.783892 W.
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Fort Daniel Conservation Area
Located 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

Griswold Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area is located 1.5 miles northwest of Blue Mound, Illinois in southwest Macon County [get directions].
Griswold Conservation Area’s GPS Coordinates are 39.703954 N, 89.139914 W.
Learn more about Griswold Conservation Area

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Rock Springs Conservation Area and Nature Center are located at 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur, IL [get directions].
Rock Springs GPS Coordinates are: 39.817713 N, 89.00932 W
Learn more about Rock Springs Conservation Area

Sand Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area is a 755-acre open space site, located just south of Decatur, off South Franklin Street [get directions].
Sand Creek’s GPS Coordinates are 39.786696 N, 88.954273 W.
Learn more about Sand Creek 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 3,300 acres of nature, 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 Macon County Conservation District.

Our Mission

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.