Programs & Activities

Events located at Rock Springs Conservation Area and open to all ages unless otherwise indicated. Register online by noon, unless otherwise noted.

September

Barb Stobaugh Photography Exhibit
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 - Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Enjoy Barb Stobaugh’s nature photography, including flowers and wildlife.

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Curt Knapp Photography
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 - Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Photographer Curt Knapp will display beautiful pictures of nature, including bears, eagles, flowers, and sunsets.

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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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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Webelos: Into the Woods
Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Webelos Scouts will learn how to identify trees, plants, and discover how fire effects the forest.

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Douglas Cup Tournament
Douglas Cup Tournament
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

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

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents. Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Free and open to the public.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Sep 21, 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. Register online by noon on September 20.

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From Fleece and Fiber to Yarn: Spinning Wheels Demonstration
From Fleece and Fiber to Yarn: Spinning Wheels Demonstration
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

See historic and modern spinning wheels in action with Cecelia Hicks and Valerie Gaddis. All ages are welcome to explore the different types of fiber, try a drop spindle, and practice carding wool.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 21, 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, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Tour the restored home of Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby. Encounter the lives of its family members and explore their late 1800s lifestyle. $2/person. Members are free.

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October

Native Seed Collecting
Native Seed Collecting
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Help harvest native wildflower seeds from Rock Springs to improve the quality of habitat at other sites.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents. Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Free and open to the public.

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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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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bluegrass Music Jam at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents. Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Free and open to the public.

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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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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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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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He Said Beer, She Said Wine
He Said Beer, She Said Wine
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Decatur Club, Decatur, IL

Support the Governor Oglesby Mansion and indulge in a delicious meal during this annual dinner fundraiser. Advance tickets required.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dulcimer Club Meetings at Rock Springs Nature Center offer a perfect opportunity to rediscover musical interests and talents. Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Free and open to the public.

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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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