Family Adventures

Douglas Cup Tournament
Douglas Cup Tournament
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

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

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 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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Candle Dipping Workshop
Candle Dipping Workshop
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Learn to make candles like a settler at Homestead Prairie Farm.
For ages 12 and up.
Choose from 1:30pm or 3pm.

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Candle Dipping Workshop
Candle Dipping Workshop
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Learn to make candles like a settler at Homestead Prairie Farm.
For ages 12 and up.
Choose from 1:30pm or 3pm.

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Prairie Pedal
Prairie Pedal
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 | 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Support local wildlife and natural areas by riding your bicycle in this fundraiser event for the Macon County Conservation Foundation. Choose from a 20, 40, or 62 mile route along quiet country roads.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 | 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 26, 2021 | 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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Trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch
Trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join us as we travel to Arthur, IL to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch! Register online by noon on Oct. 1.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 | 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 2, 2021 | 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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Archaeology Open House
Archaeology Open House
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Stop by to discover the treasures found beneath the Trobaugh-Good house during recent repairs to the 1860s-era farmhouse’s foundation, then try sifting for more!

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 | 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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Canoe Big Creek
Canoe Big Creek
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cannon Park, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of Big Creek. At least one adult required per canoe. Meet at Cannon Park on South Baltimore Avenue.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 | 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 10, 2021 | 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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Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate fall at Rock Springs Nature Center with fall-themed activities including archery, canoeing, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, tours at Homestead Prairie Farm, and live animals.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 | 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 17, 2021 | 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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Preschool Peepers: Silly Scarecrows
Preschool Peepers: Silly Scarecrows
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover the history of scarecrows, make one out of a paper bag to take home, then go outside to search for the crows they’re meant to scare! Register online.

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Full Moon Hike
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

See the moon through the lens of our telescope, then take a walk on the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail illuminated only by the moon itself. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 | 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 24, 2021 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 | 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 31, 2021 | 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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Halloween Hike
Halloween Hike
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your ghouls and goblins on a hike as we learn about Halloween traditions and how wildlife have inspired some of our spookiest tales. Costumes are welcome. Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 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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Teddy Bear Walk and Campfire Stories
Teddy Bear Walk and Campfire Stories
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your favorite stuffed animal as you learn about the changing seasons on the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail, then make s’mores together and listen to stories around a campfire. Register online.

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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Electricity and modern conveniences were not always at our fingertips. 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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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 | 6:00 pm
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist to learn about these forest-dwelling nocturnal predators. We will discuss what makes them special, then take a hike to find some. Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 | 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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