News & Announcements

COVID-19 Announcements

Rock Springs Nature Center is open to the public for its regular hours beginning Friday, January 22. All in-person educational programs are cancelled for January. Instead, join us on Facebook for virtual presentations. All Conservation Areas and trails are open. Please continue social distancing.

Trail Conditions

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 may also call the Sand Creek Trail Conditions Hotline at (217) 421-7493.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
Virtual Event - Restoring Homestead Prairie Farm: A Look Back in Photos

Homestead Prairie Farm has been a part of the Macon County Conservation District since the 1970s. Step back in time and see how this site was transformed into a museum by staff and volunteers. Register online.

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Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
Full Moon Astronomy

Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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Saturday, Jan 30, 2021
Animals in Winter

Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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Sunday, Jan 31, 2021
All About Eagles

Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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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.