Programs & Activities

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

January

Virtual Event - Restoring Homestead Prairie Farm: A Look Back in Photos
Virtual Event - Restoring Homestead Prairie Farm: A Look Back in Photos
Thursday, Jan 28, 2021 | 6:30 pm
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Homestead Prairie Farm has been a part of the Macon County Conservation District since the 1970s. Step back in time and see how this site was transformed into a museum by staff and volunteers. Register online.

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Full Moon Astronomy
Full Moon Astronomy
Thursday, Jan 28, 2021 | 7:00 pm
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Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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Animals in Winter
Animals in Winter
Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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All About Eagles
All About Eagles
Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us virtually for this Live Facebook presentation.

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February

Decatur Camera Club Exhibit
Decatur Camera Club Exhibit
Monday, Feb 1, 2021 - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 | 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
Melody Arnold Photography Exhibit
Monday, Feb 1, 2021 - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Decatur’s First Photographers
Decatur’s First Photographers
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021 | 2:00 pm
No Location, --,

This event date is cancelled due to covid-19. Please join us in-person on Sunday, February 21 or virtually Thursday, February 25.

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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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Preschool Peepers: Furry Mammals
Preschool Peepers: Furry Mammals
Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn all about mammals, then make a fuzzy craft and go outside to look for some. Register online.

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Decatur’s First Photographers
Decatur’s First Photographers
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm
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This event date is cancelled due to covid-19. Please join us in-person on Sunday, February 21 or virtually on Thursday, February 25.

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Maple Syrup Programs
Maple Syrup Programs
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn how sap becomes syrup, why spring is the best time of year to harvest sap, and how people used sap throughout history. Held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Face coverings required. Register online.

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Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
Monday, Feb 15, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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Decatur’s First Photographers
Decatur’s First Photographers
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Several professional photographers have called Decatur home since the invention of photography before the Civil War. Join our Historic Sites Manager as we look for evidence of our city’s first photographers, their time here, and any surviving works. Register online.

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Virtual Event - Decatur’s First Photographers
Virtual Event - Decatur’s First Photographers
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 | 6:30 pm
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Several professional photographers have called Decatur home since the invention of photography before the Civil War. Join our Historic Sites Manager as we look for evidence of our city’s first photographers, their time here, and any surviving works. Register online.

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Winter Star Party
Winter Star Party
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

View the full moon, listen to space legends, and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate. Register online.

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Ice Age Mammals of the Midwest
Ice Age Mammals of the Midwest
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Discover what the mammals of the midwest during the Ice Age were, where they went, and what the mammals of today have in common with them. Register online.

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April

Rock Springs Ramble
Rock Springs Ramble
Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Support local natural areas and wildlife at the Rock Springs Ramble 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

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