Programs & Activities

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

August

Audubon Field Trip Bus Grants
Audubon Field Trip Bus Grants
Saturday, Aug 1, 2020 - Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 | All Day
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

The Decatur Audubon Society is covering bus transportation costs for 20 school buses to take field trips to Rock Springs Nature Center or any of the five Macon County Conservation Areas this year.

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Robert Reed Wildlife Photography Exhibit
Robert Reed Wildlife Photography Exhibit
Saturday, Aug 1, 2020 - Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
See birds of North America captured by photographer Robert Reed.

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Sue Watts Watercolor Exhibit
Sue Watts Watercolor Exhibit
Saturday, Aug 1, 2020 - Monday, Aug 31, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Experience nature-themed watercolor paintings by Sue Watts featuring landscapes, barns, birds, and butterflies.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 | 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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Outdoor Movie: Moana
Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 | 8:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a family-friendly movie in the great outdoors. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 | 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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Sunset Prairie Hike
Sunset Prairie Hike
Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Experience the beauty of the prairie in the evening on this naturalist-led hike. Register online.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 22, 2020 | 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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Astronomy Jamboree
Astronomy Jamboree
Saturday, Aug 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Enjoy a free music concert from 7-7:45pm, then create a craft to take home, enter a giveaway, and view the stars and visible planets. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 23, 2020 | 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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Creek Walk
Creek Walk
Sunday, Aug 23, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Discover the different kinds of life that live in the creek as you walk along, explore, and search for critters in this aquatic habitat. Register online.

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Hummingbird Festival
Hummingbird Festival
Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn all about hummingbirds. Watch as we capture, band, and release wild birds. Some participants may get to help with a release. Register online.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Aug 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Paddle a canoe down one of our local waterways, the Sangamon River. All equipment is provided. Register online by April 10.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 29, 2020 | 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, Aug 30, 2020 | 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: Friendly Fish
Preschool Peepers: Friendly Fish
Sunday, Aug 30, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about the lives of fish, make a fishy craft, and walk to the pond to look for some. Register online.

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September

Barb Stobaugh Nature Photography Exhibit
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 - Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Enjoy nature photography, including flowers and wildlife.

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Curt Knapp Photography Exhibit
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 - Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 | 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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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Sep 3, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020 | 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, Sep 5, 2020 | 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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Outdoor Movie: The Lorax
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020 | 8:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a family-friendly movie in the great outdoors. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020 | 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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Let’s Go Fly a Kite!
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Make a homemade kite out of everyday materials, then see if you can get it to fly. Register online.

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Fluttering Wings Mini Camp
Fluttering Wings Mini Camp
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will flutter into the world of butterflies as we take nets into the great outdoors on a butterfly hunt. Register online.

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Fluttering Wings Mini Camp
Fluttering Wings Mini Camp
Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will flutter into the world of butterflies as we take nets into the great outdoors on a butterfly hunt. Register online.

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Nature Day Camp: Camping for the Day
Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Itching to get outside after being home? Children ages 6-12 are invited to join a naturalist for a day of fun-filled themed days. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 | 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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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bluegrass Music Jam offers 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, Sep 13, 2020 | 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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Monarch Madness
Monarch Madness
Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual Event, No location,

Learn about monarch butterflies during this year’s virtual event.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Paddle a canoe down one of our local waterways, the Sangamon River. All equipment is provided. Register online by May 8.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 | 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 20, 2020 | 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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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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PawPaw Hike
PawPaw Hike
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist on a walk through wooded habitats at Sand Creek Conservation Area, searching for fruiting pawpaw trees along the way. Register online.

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Hats Off To Acorns
Hats Off To Acorns
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will explore how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds like the acorn. Register online.

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Hats Off To Acorns
Hats Off To Acorns
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will explore how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds like the acorn. Register online.

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