Programs & Activities

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

November

Barn Colony Artists Exhibit
Friday, Nov 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Discover works in watercolor, pastels, oil, and mixed media depicting subjects from nature to portraits by talented artists in our community.

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David Castor Photography Exhibit
Friday, Nov 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
View photographs of white-tailed deer, great blue herons, and plants through the lens of photographer David Castor.

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Free Field Trip Transportation from Decatur Audubon
Friday, Nov 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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NASA Replicas on Loan for Fall Exhibit
Friday, Nov 1, 2019 - Friday, Jan 31, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Our planet is full of natural wonders. To see more, all you have to do is look up!

One Giant Leap: Mankind’s Journey to the Stars will open October 1. The replicas from NASA will be on display from November through January 2020.

Admission to the exhibit and Rock Springs Nature Center is free.

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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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Nov 24, 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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Shape-Note Singing
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Experienced singers from the Charleston-Mattoon Sacred Harp Singers will delight the public with their unique music.

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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Rock Springs Nature Center and business offices are closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Rock Springs Nature Center is open. Business offices are closed.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Nov 30, 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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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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December

Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics. Free.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Dec 8, 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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Christmas Tea at Oglesby Mansion
Christmas Tea at Oglesby Mansion
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oglesby Mansion, Decatur, IL

Stop by the Governor Oglesby Mansion to enjoy a traditional Christmas afternoon tea. Experience this historic Victorian home all decked out for the holidays.

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Seasons Changes Hike
Seasons Changes Hike
Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover the changes happening outside as wildlife prepares for winter. Register online.

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Geminid Meteor Shower
Geminid Meteor Shower
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Bring your lawn chair to Friends Creek Conservation Area to view the strongest meteor shower of the year. Free. Register online.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Dec 14, 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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Mammals of Illinois
Mammals of Illinois
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What is a mammal? Examine the pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. Register online.

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Snake and Turtle Show
Snake and Turtle Show
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Trip to Illinois’ Largest Tree
Trip to Illinois’ Largest Tree
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture to Ogle County in northern Illinois to see the state’s largest tree. We’ll also visit the Jarrett Prairie Center and hike on a dolomite hill prairie. Register online.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 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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Armchair Birding
Armchair Birding
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Enjoy some peace and calm before the holidays by watching the birds from the comfort of our indoor Window on Wildlife. Free. Register online.

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Discovering Dinosaurs
Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

How many dinosaur fossils have been found in Illinois? Learn all about these reptilian creatures and see how you size up to them. Register online.

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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Christmas Eve
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Rock Springs Nature Center and business offices are closed for Christmas Eve.

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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Christmas Day
Wednesday, Dec 25, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Conservation District Offices and Rock Springs Nature Center are closed.

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Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds
Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Young children are invited to learn about birds that winter here, take a hike, and then make a peanut butter or Crisco pinecone bird feeder to hang outside for the birds. Register online.

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Let’s Rock!
Let’s Rock!
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dig up the difference between rocks, minerals, and fossils! Register online.

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Pajama Party Mini Camp
Pajama Party Mini Camp
Monday, Dec 30, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children 1-5 will learn what animals do during the cold months. Join the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animal’s fur! Register online.

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Pajama Party Mini Camp
Pajama Party Mini Camp
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children 1-5 will learn what animals do during the cold months. Join the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animal’s fur! Register online.

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January

Decatur Camera Club Exhibit
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Enjoy a wide variety of photography, including scenes of trees, birds, landscapes, and more from talented local photographers.

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Melody Arnold Photography Exhibit
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Experience the beauty of nature through the eyes of local photographer and outdoor education specialist, Melody Arnold.

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Offices & Nature Center Closed for New Year's Day
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Rock Springs Nature Center and business offices are closed for New Year’s Day.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics. Free.

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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Join us to learn about these forest-dwelling nocturnal predators. We will discuss what makes them special, then take a hike to find some. Register online.

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Winter Tree Identification Hike
Winter Tree Identification Hike
Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Uncover the secrets to identifying trees in the middle of winter on a guided hike through the forest. Free. Register online.

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Full Moon Viewing
Full Moon Viewing
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

See the full moon 50 times larger through our telescope, then take a short hike to view the forest illuminated by our only natural satellite. Free. Register online.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 | 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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