Hikes & Walks

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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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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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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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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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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Leap Day Nature Walk
Leap Day Nature Walk
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Take a hike through a quiet winter woodland as we observe an event that only happens once every four years: Leap Day! Free. Register online.

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