News & Announcements

Wildlife Art Contest for Children and Teens

The Macon County Conservation District invites children and teens to participate in a county-wide Wildlife Art Contest this spring. Students in grades K-12 who either live or go to school in Macon County are encouraged to create an original work of two-dimensional art in the medium of their choice (excluding photography) depicting native Illinois plant […]

Coming Soon! Friends Creek Campground reservations go live February 1, 2022!

Beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2022, reservations for the Friends Creek Campground will be made online by clicking here. We anticipate that the new system will provide a smooth and efficient reservation process for campers.  In addition to this update, many other improvements have been made at Friends Creek Campground that we are eager to share […]

Trail Conditions

Due to flooding, the Rock Springs-Fairview bike trail and canoe launch off of Wyckles Road are closed.  We will update you once they have been reopened.  For Sand Creek trail availability, you may also call the Sand Creek Trail Conditions Hotline at (217) 421-7493.

Conservation Area Hours

Conservation Areas are open 7am to sunset, every day of the year (pending “Trail Conditions” above). Pets are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
Wildflower Hike

Venture into the forests and prairies with a naturalist. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022
Nighttime Frog Quest

Test your frog-finding abilities by searching for as many species of frogs as you can discover! Register online.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
BioBlitz! Plants of Rock Springs Nature Center

Bring a smartphone and join a naturalist as we attempt to identify as many plant species as possible! Register online.

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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 3,600 acres of nature, historic sites, 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 your 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.