Kid-Friendly Events

Free Field Trip Transportation from Decatur Audubon
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Decatur Audubon Society will cover transportation costs for 20 school buses to take field trips to Rock Springs Nature Center or any of the five Macon County Conservation Areas, from now until the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 | 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: Fall Craft
Preschool Peepers: Fall Craft
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Young children are invited to make a fun, nature-themed fall craft to take home and display. Register online by September 20.

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Wiggly Worms Mini Camp
Wiggly Worms Mini Camp
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will meet and hold live wiggly worms as we dig into who lives beneath our feet. Register Online.

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Trip to Saint Louis Art Museum
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Let Conservation District staff drive you to this world-renowned art museum, displaying over 34,000 pieces of art, spanning 5,000 years of history and culture. Register online by noon on September 23.

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Wiggly Worms Mini Camp
Wiggly Worms Mini Camp
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will meet and hold live wiggly worms as we dig into who lives beneath our feet. Register Online.

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Trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch
Trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel with staff to Arthur, IL to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy fresh fall air as you explore a corn maze, see farm animals, try pumpkin ice cream, or find the perfect pumpkin to take home. Register online by noon on September 27.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 | 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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Prairie Pedal
Prairie Pedal
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This annual bicycling event raises funds for the Macon County Conservation Foundation, supporting local wildlife and natural areas. Register to ride your bicycle, or join community members in sponsoring Prairie Pedal!

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 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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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 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 5, 2019 | 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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Preschool Peepers: History on the Prairie
Preschool Peepers: History on the Prairie
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Learn about the plants that Native Americans and early settlers relied on for food, then explore Bethel School to experience what going to school was like for children in the early 1900s. Register online by noon on October 4.

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Archaeology Open House
Archaeology Open House
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Due to restoration work on the Trobaugh-Good House in 2018, some dirt was removed from under the home. Learn a little about archaeology and help staff and volunteers sift through this dirt that has laid undisturbed for over 100 years.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 | 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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Van Trip to Springfield’s Historic Homes
Van Trip to Springfield’s Historic Homes
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore three different historic Springfield residences and learn the history behind them. Register online by October 7.

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Camping Fun Mini Camp
Camping Fun Mini Camp
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will explore a tent, catch pretend fish with magnets, and use your senses to discover the fun of camping. Register Online.

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Camping Fun Mini Camp
Camping Fun Mini Camp
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will explore a tent, catch pretend fish with magnets, and use your senses to discover the fun of camping. Register Online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 | 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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Seasons Changes Hike
Seasons Changes Hike
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a naturalist-guided hike through a variety of habitats and discover all of the ways that nature changes in the fall. Register online by October 11.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 | 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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Trip to the Chicago Field Museum
Thursday, Oct 17, 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 October 16.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of the Sangamon River. Pre-registration required.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 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 20, 2019 | 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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Flower Power Story Time - Prairie Roses
Flower Power Story Time - Prairie Roses
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist as we read stories about nature and wildlife, then take a short hike. Learn about prairie roses in October.

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Amazing Rocks Mini Camp
Amazing Rocks Mini Camp
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will uncover treasures beneath our feet as we paint with rocks, sort rocks, and magnify them. Register Online.

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Amazing Rocks Mini Camp
Amazing Rocks Mini Camp
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will uncover treasures beneath our feet as we paint with rocks, sort rocks, and magnify them. Register Online.

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Webelos: Into the Wild
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Tour the EcoCenter, learn about migration, and identify dangerous plants and animals.

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Good Will Match
Good Will Match
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | 1:00 pm

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

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | 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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Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festival
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate fall with fall-themed activities including archery, a straw maze, wagon rides, homestead tours, live animals, temporary tattoos, and more.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 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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Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover the world of owls and owlets through our senses and movement. Register Online.

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Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover the world of owls and owlets through our senses and movement. Register Online.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of the Sangamon River. Pre-registration required.

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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

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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Sounds of the Prairie
Sounds of the Prairie
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about sound by listening to and identifying sounds in a prairie habitat. Register online by November 15.

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Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist as we read stories about nature and wildlife, then take a short hike. Learn about goldenrod in November.

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Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will shine light onto the secrets of the moon and what animals venture out at night. Register Online.

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Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will shine light onto the secrets of the moon and what animals venture out at night. Register Online.

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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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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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