Programs & Activities

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

May

Celestino Ruffini Art Exhibit
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Artist Celestino Ruffini uses many mediums to capture the beauty of nature, including coal, paint, pen, and wood.

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Curt Knapp Photography Exhibit
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Wildflower Hike
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture into the forests and prairies with a naturalist. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online.

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Nighttime Frog Quest
Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 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.

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BioBlitz! Plants of Rock Springs Nature Center
Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring a smartphone and join a naturalist as we attempt to identify as many plant species as possible! Register online.

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Dulcimer Club
Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 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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Canoe Big Creek
Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cannon Park, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of Big Creek. At least one adult required per canoe. Meet at Cannon Park on South Baltimore Avenue. Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, May 29, 2022 | 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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Wildflower Hike
Sunday, May 29, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture into the forests and prairies with a naturalist. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online.

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Offices Closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 30, 2022 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The business offices will be closed for Memorial Day, but Rock Springs Nature Center and the trails at all conservation areas will remain open for you to enjoy.

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June

Mini Camp: Beautiful Birds
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will fly into the feathery realm of birds through movement and games. Register online by noon on June 6.

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Mini Camp: Beautiful Birds
Thursday, Jun 9, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will fly into the feathery realm of birds through movement and games. Register online by noon on June 8.

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Mini Camp: Amazing Rocks
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will uncover treasures beneath their feet as we paint with rocks, sort rocks, and magnify rocks in this fun adventure. Register online by noon on June 13.

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Mini Camp: Amazing Rocks
Thursday, Jun 16, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will uncover treasures beneath their feet as we paint with rocks, sort rocks, and magnify rocks in this fun adventure. Register online by noon on June 15.

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Mini Camp: Tall Trees
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will discover leaves, bark, and roots through sight, touch, and play. Register online by noon on June 20.

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Mini Camp: Tall Trees
Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will discover leaves, bark, and roots through sight, touch, and play. Register online by noon on June 22.

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Mini Camp: Shining Sun
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will explore the mysteries and wonders of the warm and shining sun through hands-on activities. Register online by noon on June 27.

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Mini Camp: Shining Sun
Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will explore the mysteries and wonders of the warm and shining sun through hands-on activities. Register online by noon on June 29.

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July

Mini Camp: Lovely Ladybugs
Tuesday, Jul 5, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will delight in the world of tiny ladybugs by using senses and movement. Register online by noon on July 4.

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Mini Camp: Lovely Ladybugs
Thursday, Jul 7, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will delight in the world of tiny ladybugs by using senses and movement. Register online by noon on July 6.

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Mini Camp: Zany Reptiles
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will slither and crawl into the lives of turtles and snakes through activities, play and more! Register online by noon on July 11.

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Mini Camp: Zany Reptiles
Thursday, Jul 14, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will slither and crawl into the lives of turtles and snakes through activities, play and more! Register online by noon on July 13.

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Mini Camp: Pond Life
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will plunge into the amazing world of pond life and take a walk to the Cattail Ponds to look for fish, turtles, and algae. Register online by noon on July 18.

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Mini Camp: Pond Life
Thursday, Jul 21, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will plunge into the amazing world of pond life and take a walk to the Cattail Ponds to look for fish, turtles, and algae. Register online by noon on July 20.

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Mini Camp: Fluttering Wings
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2022 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will flutter into the sky as we take nets into the great outdoors on a butterfly hunt. Register online by noon on July 25.

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Mini Camp: Fluttering Wings
Thursday, Jul 28, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 and their adult companion will flutter into the sky as we take nets into the great outdoors on a butterfly hunt. Register online by noon on July 27.

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