Kid-Friendly Events

Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate fall at Rock Springs Nature Center with fall-themed activities including archery, canoeing, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, tours at Homestead Prairie Farm, and live animals.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 | 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 17, 2021 | 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: 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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History Comes Alive: The Rough Rider Tours Illinois
History Comes Alive: The Rough Rider Tours Illinois
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 | 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

In his illustrated presentation, Mark Sorensen will share pictures of Roosevelt’s visit to the dedication of Millikin University and speech at the Wabash train depot.

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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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Webelos: Into the Wild
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Webelos Scouts will tour the Ecocenter, learn about migration, and identify dangerous plants and animals.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 | 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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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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 24, 2021 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 | 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 31, 2021 | 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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Halloween Hike
Halloween Hike
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your ghouls and goblins on a hike as we learn about Halloween traditions and how wildlife have inspired some of our spookiest tales. Costumes are welcome. 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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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Electricity and modern conveniences were not always at our fingertips. 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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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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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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Native American Skills and Games
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What was life like for the Native Americans who inhabited Illinois over 200 years ago? Learn about their cultures and lifestyles, discover the art of beading, and try your hand at 3D archery. Register online.

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