Family Adventures

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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Seasons Changes Hike
Seasons Changes Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover the changes happening outside as wildlife prepares for winter. Register online.

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Geminid Meteor Shower
Geminid Meteor Shower
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Bring your lawn chair to Friends Creek Conservation Area to view the strongest meteor shower of the year. Free. Register online.

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Mammals of Illinois
Mammals of Illinois
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What is a mammal? Examine the pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. Register online.

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Trip to Illinois’ Largest Tree
Trip to Illinois’ Largest Tree
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture to Ogle County in northern Illinois to see the state’s largest tree. We’ll also visit the Jarrett Prairie Center and hike on a dolomite hill prairie. Register online.

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Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds
Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Young children are invited to learn about birds that winter here, take a hike, and then make a peanut butter or Crisco pinecone bird feeder to hang outside for the birds. Register online.

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Let’s Rock!
Let’s Rock!
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dig up the difference between rocks, minerals, and fossils! Register online.

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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Join us 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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Full Moon Viewing
Full Moon Viewing
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

See the full moon 50 times larger through our telescope, then take a short hike to view the forest illuminated by our only natural satellite. Free. Register online.

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Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Pere Marquette State Park Eagle Trip
Pere Marquette State Park Eagle Trip
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit this state park and venture through river bluffs and woods to get an up-close look at wintering bald eagles along the Mississippi River and lower Illinois River. Register online.

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Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Predators of the Prairie
Predators of the Prairie
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist to learn about the different natural predators found in our prairies, then journey outside to find some! Free. Register online.

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Trip to Cahokia Mounds
Trip to Cahokia Mounds
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel back in time as you learn about ancient Native Americans as you tour the Mounds and Interpretive Center exhibits. Register online.

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Maple Syrup Programs
Maple Syrup Programs
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn how sap becomes syrup, why spring is the best time of year to harvest sap, and how people used sap throughout history. Held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Register online by February 14.

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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Join us 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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Trip to Dickson Mounds and Emiquon Preserve
Trip to Dickson Mounds and Emiquon Preserve
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel with us to Lewistown, IL for a natural and cultural history road trip. Experience Native American exhibits at Dickson Mounds, then visit Emiquon Preserve. Register online.

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