Programs & Activities

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

All programs have been canceled through April 12 due to coronavirus health concerns. Learn more.

March

Audubon Field Trip Bus Grants
Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 - Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 | 12:00 am

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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Katherine Unruh Artwork Exhibit
Katherine Unruh Artwork Exhibit
Monday, Mar 30, 2020 - Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Encounter animals and wild landscapes captured in oil and acrylic paintings and drawings

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Melody Arnold Photography Exhibit
Melody Arnold Photography Exhibit
Monday, Mar 30, 2020 - Thursday, Apr 30, 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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April

How Seeds Grow Mini Camp
How Seeds Grow Mini Camp
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will celebrate the renewal of spring by learning about seedlings and how they grow. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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How Seeds Grow Mini Camp
How Seeds Grow Mini Camp
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will celebrate the renewal of spring by learning about seedlings and how they grow. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Apr 18, 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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Night Hike
Night Hike
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Explore Griswold Conservation Area in the dark and use your senses to find the way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Register online by April 17.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Explore birds with the Decatur Audubon Society during their regular meetings. Each meeting features a unique bird study and presentation. All are welcome. Free.

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Wildflower Hike
Wildflower Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture into the forests and prairies with volunteer Jerry Sievers. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online by April 17.

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Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020 | 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture north to downtown Chicago to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in America, and learn about conservation efforts worldwide at one of the few free admission zoos in the country. Then, take a short walk to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a museum with a variety of nature exhibits including a 2,700 square-foot butterfly greenhouse. Register online by April 20.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Apr 22, 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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Sangamon River Cleanup
Sangamon River Cleanup
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Make the river a safer and more beautiful place for both wildlife and people as you help clear trash from the banks of the Sangamon River.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Dulcimer Club will play during the Festival of Spring on April 25, 2020 from 12-2pm.

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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Festival of Spring 2020
Festival of Spring 2020
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring with an afternoon of outdoor family activities. Enjoy wagon rides, canoeing, crafts, and learn what other organizations are doing in our community to protect water and wildlife.

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Rock Springs Ground Squirrels at Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO
Rock Springs Ground Squirrels at Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm

Away game against several teams at Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO
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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Apr 26, 2020 | 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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Boxy Turtles Mini Camp
Boxy Turtles Mini Camp
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will meet a live box turtle and learn about this interesting reptile that carries its home everywhere it goes. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Boater Safety Class
Boater Safety Class
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This event has been cancelled: This free 8-hour Illinois Department of Natural Resources class covers boating laws, boating terms, and safety requirements. Must attend both class days and pass a written test in order to receive your certificate. Register online by April 27.

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Boxy Turtles Mini Camp
Boxy Turtles Mini Camp
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will meet a live box turtle and learn about this interesting reptile that carries its home everywhere it goes. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Boater Safety Class (Day 2)
Boater Safety Class (Day 2)
Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Day 2 of free Boater Safety Class. Must attend both days to receive your certificate. Register online by April 27.

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May

Bryan Maple Astrophotography Exhibit
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Have you ever gazed up at the stars and wished you could save that exact moment? Well now you can! Explore the final frontier through astounding astrophotography by Bryan Maple.

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Kattina Williams Photography Exhibit
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Exotic birds, wildlife, and nature landscapes, oh my! See this local artist’s exhibit on all things nature as she takes you on a journey through her photography.

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Walk for Wildlife
Walk for Wildlife
Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Explore the woods and wetlands during this inaugural fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, May 2, 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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Rock Springs Ground Squirrels vs. McLean County Prairie Chickens
Rock Springs Ground Squirrels vs. McLean County Prairie Chickens
Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 1:00 pm
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

Home game against McLean County Prairie Chickens at BeautifulTroubaughField, Rock Springs Conservation Area.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, May 7, 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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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 10:00 am - 1:00 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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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, May 10, 2020 | 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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Pollinator Power
Pollinator Power
Sunday, May 10, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover the amazing world of pollination as we discuss those native to our area, including bumblebees and mason bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even wasps. Register online

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Trip to Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis
Trip to Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Explore 79 acres of magnificent horticultural displays full of plant species from tropical to temperate zones. Venture through indoor conservatories, formal gardens, and international gardens. Register online by May 11.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 8:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join the Decatur Audubon Society for an outdoor breakfast potluck at Rock Springs Conservation Area at Pavilion 1. There will be Installation of Officers, followed by a bird walk. All are welcome. Free.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, May 16, 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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Nighttime Frog Quest
Nighttime Frog Quest
Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Test your frog-finding abilities by searching for as many species of frogs as you can discover! Register online by May 15.

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Preschool Peepers: Bluebirds
Preschool Peepers: Bluebirds
Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What’s so special about Eastern bluebirds? Young children are invited to find out by visiting a bluebird nest box, doing a craft, and learning about their natural history. Register online by May 15.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 20, 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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Night Hike
Night Hike
Saturday, May 23, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Explore Griswold Conservation Area in the dark and use your senses to find the way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Register online by May 22.

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Shape-Note Singing
Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 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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Wildflower Hike
Wildflower Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture into the forests and prairies with volunteer Jerry Sievers. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online by May 22.

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Offices Closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 25, 2020 | 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, May 30, 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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