To help control the spread of COVID-19, Rock Springs Nature Center, all outdoor restrooms, and playgrounds are closed through Thursday, April 30. All Conservation Areas and trails remain OPEN for nature exploration. All public programs are cancelled through Sunday, May 3.
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All trails are open, including trails at Sand Creek Conservation Area. For Sand Creek Conservation Area trail conditions and availability, you may also call the District hotline at (217) 421-7493.
Explore articles and studies that highlight the physical and emotional benefits of spending time in nature. Read More >
Conservation Areas are open 7am to sunset, every day of the year.
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.
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.
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Cross Country Classics
Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics. Free.Read More
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Canoe the Sangamon
Paddle a canoe down one of our local waterways, the Sangamon River. All equipment is provided. Register online by May 8.Read More
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam 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.Read More
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Discover the amazing world of pollination as we discuss those native to our area, including bumblebees and mason bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even wasps. Register onlineRead 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 3,300 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.
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.