Programs & Activities

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

July

Free Field Trip Transportation from Decatur Audubon
Monday, Jul 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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Robert Reed Photography Exhibit
Monday, Jul 1, 2019 - Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Rock Springs South Gallery
Discover exotic and local wildlife photography by Robert Reed featuring polar bears, elk, raccoons, foxes, birds, butterflies, and flowers.

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Sue Watts Watercolor Exhibit
Monday, Jul 1, 2019 - Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Rock Springs 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
Sunday, Jul 21, 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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Rock Springs Concert Series: Switchback
Rock Springs Concert Series: Switchback
Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your lawn chair to Rock Springs Nature Center’s West Lawn to enjoy an evening of bluegrass, folk, or old-time country music.

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Forest Animals Mini Camp
Forest Animals Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will step into the lives of foxes, nuthatches, and many more forest animals while observing pelts, skulls, and eggs.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 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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Forest Animals Mini Camp
Forest Animals Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will step into the lives of foxes, nuthatches, and many more forest animals while observing pelts, skulls, and eggs.

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Rock Springs Ground Squirrels in St. Louis Cup
Rock Springs Ground Squirrels in St. Louis Cup
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 | All Day

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

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jul 27, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Jul 27, 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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Dendrochronology: Applications in Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology
Dendrochronology: Applications in Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Dendrochronology, also known as tree ring dating, has applications in archaeology, climatology, and ecology. This presentation shows the tools used, the collection and analysis of cores, and applications in historic and prehistoric archaeology.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 27, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jul 28, 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, Jul 28, 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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Rock Springs Concert Series: The Hood Family Band
Rock Springs Concert Series: The Hood Family Band
Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your lawn chair to Rock Springs Nature Center’s West Lawn to enjoy an evening of bluegrass, folk, or old-time country music.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 31, 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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August

Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Aug 1, 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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Trip to World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Note: This trip was previously scheduled for Saturday, July 6.  It has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 3.

Visit this raptor education and rehabilitation center outside of St. Louis and see a variety of birds of prey, including owls, vultures, eagles, and more. Admission to the sanctuary is free. We will stop for lunch along the way.

$25/person covers transportation.
Register online by Noon on August 2.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Aug 3, 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, Aug 3, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Aug 3, 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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Preschool Peepers: Insect Hunt
Preschool Peepers: Insect Hunt
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Meet us at Fort Daniel Conservation Area to look for insects in the air and in the water.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 4, 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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Railroads in the Civil War
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Find out how an industry in its infancy helped end the Civil War with Guest speaker and retired teacher Don Chamberlain.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 7, 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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Snake and Turtle Show
Snake and Turtle Show
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Meet, feel, and learn about resident animals and their ways of life, plus learn what makes snakes, turtles, lizards, and alligators alike. We have several live species to show you.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Aug 10, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 10, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Aug 10, 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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Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

At Griswold Conservation Area, experience the Perseid Meteor Shower near its August 12th peak, make s’mores, and enjoy a truly dark sky.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Aug 11, 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, Aug 11, 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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Adult Wreath Craft
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Adults are invited to make a wreath bird feeder to take home. The birds in your backyard will love snacking on this edible wreath!

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Rock Springs Concert Series: Cross Country Classics
Rock Springs Concert Series: Cross Country Classics
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your lawn chair to Rock Springs Nature Center’s West Lawn to enjoy an evening of bluegrass, folk, or old-time country music.

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St. Louis Zoo Trip
St. Louis Zoo Trip
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

Observe wildlife from around the globe, including cheetahs, hippos, and sea lions on this group trip to the St. Louis Zoo with Macon County Conservation District.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 14, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 17, 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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Conservation in Your Backyard
Conservation in Your Backyard
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn what you can do in your own backyard to help local wildlife. Each registered family will receive a free bluebird nest box to take home!

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Aug 17, 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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