News & Announcements

COVID-19 Announcements

To help control the spread of COVID-19, Rock Springs Nature Center and all outdoor restrooms will be closed through Tuesday, April 7. All Conservation Areas and trails, except Sand Creek and the Bike Trail, remain OPEN for nature exploration. Read More

Budget and Appropriation Ordinance Public Notice

Public Notice is hereby given that the tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Macon County Conservation District in the County of Macon, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2021, will be available for public inspection on the Macon County Conservation District website through April 22, 2020.

Download the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance

Notice is further hereby given that a public hearing on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Macon County Conservation District at the Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, Illinois, and the final action on this ordinance will be taken by the Board at the meeting to be held on the 22nd day of April, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

Doug Johnson
Secretary, Board of Trustees

Trail Conditions

Sand Creek Conservation Area trails are closed due to heavy rain in late winter. All other trails are open. For Sand Creek Conservation Area trail conditions and availability, call the District hotline at (217) 421-7493.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
How Seeds Grow Mini Camp

Children ages 1-5 will celebrate the renewal of spring by learning about seedlings and how they grow. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
How Seeds Grow Mini Camp

Children ages 1-5 will celebrate the renewal of spring by learning about seedlings and how they grow. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Saturday, Apr 18, 2020
Dulcimer Club

Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents. Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, Apr 18, 2020
Night Hike

Explore Griswold Conservation Area in the dark and use your senses to find the way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Register online by April 17.

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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.