Family Adventures

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Trip to Saint Louis Art Museum
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Let Conservation District staff drive you to this world-renowned art museum, displaying over 34,000 pieces of art, spanning 5,000 years of history and culture. Register online by noon on September 23.

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Trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch
Trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel with staff to Arthur, IL to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy fresh fall air as you explore a corn maze, see farm animals, try pumpkin ice cream, or find the perfect pumpkin to take home. Register online by noon on September 27.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Prairie Pedal
Prairie Pedal
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Tour the restored home of Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby. Encounter the lives of its family members and explore their late 1800s lifestyle. $2/person. Members are free.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Van Trip to Springfield’s Historic Homes
Van Trip to Springfield’s Historic Homes
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore three different historic Springfield residences and learn the history behind them. Register online by October 7.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Seasons Changes Hike
Seasons Changes Hike
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a naturalist-guided hike through a variety of habitats and discover all of the ways that nature changes in the fall. Register online by October 11.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Trip to the Chicago Field Museum
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Ride along to the Windy City to visit this immersive museum and learn about natural and cultural history, from the largest dinosaur that ever lived to the smallest crawling insect. Register online by October 16.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of the Sangamon River. Pre-registration required.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Flower Power Story Time - Prairie Roses
Flower Power Story Time - Prairie Roses
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist as we read stories about nature and wildlife, then take a short hike. Learn about prairie roses in October.

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Good Will Match
Good Will Match
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | 1:00 pm

Join us for the national pastime: base ball! Cheer for your home team, the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, in a game of vintage base ball played with authentic 1858 rules.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festival
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate fall with fall-themed activities including archery, a straw maze, wagon rides, homestead tours, live animals, temporary tattoos, and more.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover this 1860s farmhouse and the lives of the people who lived there. Located at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL. Free.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Tour the restored home of Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby. Encounter the lives of its family members and explore their late 1800s lifestyle. $2/person. Members are free.

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"Fall Back" Daylight Savings Hike
"Fall Back" Daylight Savings Hike
Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Treat yourself and your family to a relaxing, naturalist-guided hike through Sand Creek Conservation Area. Register online by November 1.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of the Sangamon River. Pre-registration required.

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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Glimpse what an evening in the 1860s was like at Homestead Prairie Farm, lit by candlelight and lamplight, as guides in period clothing walk you through the home.

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Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist as we read stories about nature and wildlife, then take a short hike. Learn about goldenrod in November.

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Trip to the Chicago Field Museum
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Ride along to the Windy City to visit this immersive museum and learn about natural and cultural history, from the largest dinosaur that ever lived to the smallest crawling insect. Register online by November 20.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Tour the restored home of Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby. Encounter the lives of its family members and explore their late 1800s lifestyle. $2/person. Members are free.

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