News & Announcements

COVID-19 Announcements

Rock Springs Nature Center is open for its regular hours, with face coverings required at all times for those who can medically tolerate them. All Conservation Areas, trails, outdoor restrooms, drinking fountains, and playgrounds are open. Please continue to follow all social distancing rules. Friends Creek Campground is open.

Trail Conditions

The Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail will be temporarily closed for maintenance Sept 28-Oct 2. At Sand Creek, there may be short segments of trail closed intermittently for work, but such closures will not affect the entire trail system. All other Conservation District trails are open. For Sand Creek Conservation Area trail conditions and availability, you […]

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 - Sunday, Oct 11, 2020
Prairie Pedal

This annual bicycling event raises funds for the Macon County Conservation Foundation, supporting local wildlife and natural areas. Register to ride your bicycle, or join community members in sponsoring Prairie Pedal!

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Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
Cross Country Classics

Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics outside at Rock Springs pavilions.

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Saturday, Oct 3, 2020
Preschool Peepers: Vintage Toys and Games

What toys did children play with in the 1800s? Try your hand at games like graces, jacks, ring-toss, and more. Register online.

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Saturday, Oct 3, 2020
Bethel School Open House

See what going to school was like in the early 20th century at this historic one-room schoolhouse located at Friends Creek Conservation Area.

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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
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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.
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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.