Programs & Activities

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

October

Audubon Field Trip Bus Grants
Audubon Field Trip Bus Grants
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 - Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 | All Day
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

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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Barb Stobaugh Nature Photography Exhibit
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 - Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
Enjoy nature photography, including flowers and wildlife.

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Nighttime Owls
Nighttime Owls
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will discover the world of owls and owlets through senses and movement. Register online.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 21, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 | 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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Halloween Hike
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your ghouls and goblins on a hike as we learn about Halloween traditions and how wildlife has inspired some of our spookiest tales. Register online.

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November

David Castor Photography Exhibit
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

South Gallery
View photographs of white-tailed deer, great blue herons, and plants through the lens of photographer David Castor.

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Howl Do You Do
Howl Do You Do
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will delve into the nocturnal world of coyotes and wolves as we compare pelts, tracks, and skulls. Register online.

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Howl Do You Do
Howl Do You Do
Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will delve into the nocturnal world of coyotes and wolves as we compare pelts, tracks, and skulls. Register online.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics outside at Rock Springs pavilions.

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Campfire Legends and Stories
Campfire Legends and Stories
Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Gather ‘round the campfire and listen to a naturalist tell different about wildlife and Native American legends. Register online.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bluegrass Music Jam offers 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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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Glimpse what an evening in the 1860s was like at Homestead Prairie Farm, lit by candlelight and lamplight, as guides in period clothing walk you through the home. Register online.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The November 15 Audubon meeting is cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Snake and Turtle Show
Snake and Turtle Show
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Meet, feel, and learn about our education animals and their ways of life. We have several species to show you! Register online.

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Shining Stars
Shining Stars
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will dabble in the colors and designs of the night sky canvas above our heads. Register online.

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Shining Stars
Shining Stars
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will dabble in the colors and designs of the night sky canvas above our heads. Register online.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 18, 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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Predators of the Prairie
Predators of the Prairie
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist to learn about the different natural predators found in our prairies, then journey outside to find some! Register online.

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Preschool Peepers: Seeds
Preschool Peepers: Seeds
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Why do plants make seeds and when is the best time to find them? We will take a walk outside to search for some, then come inside and make a craft with seeds. Register online.

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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Rock Springs Nature Center and business offices are closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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Native American Skills and Games
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What was life like for the Native Americans who inhabited Illinois over 200 years ago? Learn about their cultures and lifestyles, then discover the art of beading and try your hand at 3D archery. Register online.

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Full Moon Astronomy
Full Moon Astronomy
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Why is November’s full moon sometimes called the ‘Beaver Moon’? Discover this and more as we view the moon through our telescope, then head out on a short hike lit only by the moon itself. Register online.

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