Hands-On Nature

Preschool Peepers: Talking Turkeys
Preschool Peepers: Talking Turkeys
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about the life of a wild turkey and make a turkey craft to take home. Register online by November 29.

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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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Snake and Turtle Show
Snake and Turtle Show
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Meet, feel, and learn about our education animals and their ways of life. We have several species to show you! Register online.

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Armchair Birding
Armchair Birding
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Enjoy some peace and calm before the holidays by watching the birds from the comfort of our indoor Window on Wildlife. Free. Register online.

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Discovering Dinosaurs
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

How many dinosaur fossils have been found in Illinois? Learn all about these reptilian creatures and see how you size up to them. 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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Winter Tree Identification Hike
Winter Tree Identification Hike
Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Uncover the secrets to identifying trees in the middle of winter on a guided hike through the forest. Free. 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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Homeschool Program: Birds of Prey
Homeschool Program: Birds of Prey
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Homeschoolers are invited to join a naturalist to learn the difference between hawks, owls, eagles, and other raptors. 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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Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold
Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a short hike outside to discover a winter wonderland, then go inside to learn about freezing temperatures, do a craft, and paint with ice. 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 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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Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers
Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 3-5 will learn about native woodpeckers, then make a woodpecker craft to take home. Free. Register online.

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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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