News & Announcements

Trail Conditions

All conservation areas and trails are open, including Sand Creek. 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, Jan 19, 2022
Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Saturday, Jan 22, 2022
Dulcimer Club

Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents.

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Sunday, Jan 23, 2022
World’s Craziest Creatures

Step into a world of unusual adaptations! Some animals from all over the planet have extraordinary defense mechanisms like secreting poison, generating electric shocks of up to 800 volts, or throwing a punch at 50 miles per hour. Learn about some of these fascinating creatures. Register online by January 21.

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Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022
Homeschool Program: Animals in Winter

Homeschoolers are invited to join a naturalist as we figure out, where all the animals go in winter? Register online by January 25.

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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.