Programs & Activities

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

June

Curt Knapp Photography
Curt Knapp Photography
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Photographer Curt Knapp presents incredible images of nature, including eagles, wolves, and sunsets.

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Kattina Williams Photography Exhibit
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Enjoy photos of exotic birds, wildlife, and more from local photographer Kattina Williams.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jun 26, 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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Independence Day 1860
Independence Day 1860
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Enjoy an Independence Day celebration 1860s style. Tour Homestead Prairie Farm, watch a vintage rules base ball game, and enjoy a period music concert.

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Rock Springs Ground Squirrels Home Game
Rock Springs Ground Squirrels Home Game
Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

Home game against the St. Louis Unions, St. Charles Explorers, and St. Louis Perfectos at BeautifulTroubaughField, Rock Springs Conservation Area.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Jun 26, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jun 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jun 27, 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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Creek Walk
Creek Walk
Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 | 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 by June 25.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Jun 27, 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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Rock Springs Concert Series: Bashful Youngens
Rock Springs Concert Series: Bashful Youngens
Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Summer Concert Series, with our co-sponsor Stifel Investment Services, welcomes a new group, Bashful Youngens. Please register to attend in person or see it virtually on our Facebook page. Learn more.

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Wiggle Worms Mini Camp
Wiggle Worms Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will meet and hold live wiggly worms as we dig into what lives beneath our feet. Register online by June 28.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jun 30, 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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July

John Martina Wildlife Photography
John Martina Wildlife Photography
Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 - Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Discover local wildlife photography of hummingbirds, insects, grasses, and flowers.

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Sue Watts Watercolor Exhibit
Sue Watts Watercolor Exhibit
Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 - Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 | 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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Wiggle Worms Mini Camp
Wiggle Worms Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will meet and hold live wiggly worms as we dig into what lives beneath our feet. Register online by June 30.

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Cross Country Classics - CANCELLED
Cross Country Classics - CANCELLED
Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This Cross Country Classics concert is Cancelled.

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Independence Day Hike
Independence Day Hike
Saturday, Jul 3, 2021 | 10:00 am
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Explore the trails at Sand Creek Conservation Area and walk on the Paris-Springfield Road, an historic trail that Abraham Lincoln once traveled. Register online by July 2.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Jul 3, 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, Jul 3, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 3, 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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Offices & Nature Center Closed
Sunday, Jul 4, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Offices & Nature Center Closed on Sunday, July 4, for Independence Day.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jul 4, 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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Nature Center Open, Offices Closed
Monday, Jul 5, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Offices & Nature Center Closed on Monday, July 5, for (observed) Independence Day.

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Splashing Fish Mini Camp
Splashing Fish Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2021 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will dive into the life of a fish and discover a nearby pond. Register online by July 5.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 7, 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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Splashing Fish Mini Camp
Splashing Fish Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 8, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will dive into the life of a fish and discover a nearby pond. Register online by July 7.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jul 10, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Jul 10, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 10, 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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Poison vs. Venom: What’s the Difference?
Poison vs. Venom: What’s the Difference?
Saturday, Jul 10, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn how and why special toxins like poison and venom defenses are used, and find out which animals have them in Macon County. Register online by July 9.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jul 11, 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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Open Music Jam - CANCELLED
Open Music Jam - CANCELLED
Sunday, Jul 11, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This Music Jam session is cancelled.

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Rock Springs Concert Series: Celtic Whistle
Rock Springs Concert Series: Celtic Whistle
Sunday, Jul 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Summer Concert Series, with our co-sponsor Stifel Investment Services, welcomes Celtic Whistle to return July 11 playing fun Irish music. Please register to attend in person or see it virtually on our Facebook page. Learn more.

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What’s the Buzz Mini Camp
What’s the Buzz Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will discover why busy bees and wasps are nature’s helpers through hands-on-activities and a fun game. Register online by July 12.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 14, 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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What’s the Buzz Mini Camp
What’s the Buzz Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 15, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will discover why busy bees and wasps are nature’s helpers through hands-on-activities and a fun game. Register online by July 14.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Jul 17, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 17, 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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Outdoor Movie: Wall-E
Outdoor Movie: Wall-E
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 | 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 by July 16.

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