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 Nature Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 - Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Enjoy nature photography, including flowers and wildlife.

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Brenda Ware Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 - Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
View the beauty of central Illinois photography as captured by Brenda Ware, a local photographer who has been featured in several local galleries as well as the Birds and Blooms website.

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Douglas Cup Tournament
Douglas Cup Tournament
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 25, 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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Candle Dipping Workshop
Candle Dipping Workshop
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Learn to make candles like a settler at Homestead Prairie Farm.
For ages 12 and up.
Choose from 1:30pm or 3pm.

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Candle Dipping Workshop
Candle Dipping Workshop
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Learn to make candles like a settler at Homestead Prairie Farm.
For ages 12 and up.
Choose from 1:30pm or 3pm.

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Taste of History – CANCELLED
Taste of History – CANCELLED
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Taste of History is CANCELLED for 2021.

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Prairie Pedal
Prairie Pedal
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 | 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Support local wildlife and natural areas by riding your bicycle in this fundraiser event for the Macon County Conservation Foundation. Choose from a 20, 40, or 62 mile route along quiet country roads.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 26, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 | 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

Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 | 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.

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Trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch
Trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join us as we travel to Arthur, IL to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch! Register online by noon on Oct. 1.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 | 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 2, 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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Archaeology Open House
Archaeology Open House
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Stop by to discover the treasures found beneath the Trobaugh-Good house during recent repairs to the 1860s-era farmhouse’s foundation, then try sifting for more!

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 3, 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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Pumpkins Mini Camp
Pumpkins Mini Camp
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will dig into a pumpkin and experience first-hand what this vegetable has to offer. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Pumpkins Mini Camp
Pumpkins Mini Camp
Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will dig into a pumpkin and experience first-hand what this vegetable has to offer. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Pavilion by the Pond
Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics outside at Rock Springs pavilions.

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Canoe Big Creek
Canoe Big Creek
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cannon Park, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of Big Creek. At least one adult required per canoe. Meet at Cannon Park on South Baltimore Avenue.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 9, 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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Acoustic Music Jam - CANCELLED
Acoustic Music Jam - CANCELLED
Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Acoustic Music Jam is CANCELLED through November.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 10, 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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Snake and Turtle Show
Snake and Turtle Show
Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 | 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 | 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.

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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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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 | 2:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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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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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Full Moon Hike
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

See the moon through the lens of our telescope, then take a walk on the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail illuminated only by the moon itself. Register online.

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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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Adult Craft: Pebble Art
Adult Craft: Pebble Art
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Adults are invited to try their hand at creating an artistic scene using only pebbles, then take it home to display. Register online.

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