Hands-On Nature

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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Beautiful Bats Mini Camp
Beautiful Bats Mini Camp
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bats have some amazing adaptations, join us in exploring their world. Register online by noon the day before camp. For children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy.

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Beautiful Bats Mini Camp
Beautiful Bats Mini Camp
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bats have some amazing adaptations, join us in exploring their world. Register online by noon the day before camp. For children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy.

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Decomposer Hike
Decomposer Hike
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Decomposers are an important and often-overlooked part of the food chain. Discover the role that fungi, earthworms, and even turkey vultures play in the health of the environment. Register online.

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Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will discover how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds. Children will find out what makes seeds and where we find them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will discover how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds. Children will find out what makes seeds and where we find them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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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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Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will look for clues to see what we can learn about them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will look for clues to see what we can learn about them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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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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Preschool Peepers: Perfect Pumpkins
Preschool Peepers: Perfect Pumpkins
Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about these versatile fruits, make a craft with colorful pumpkin seeds, and take a tiny pumpkin home. Register online.

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