Programs & Activities

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

September

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 26, 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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Prairie Pedal
Prairie Pedal
Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 | 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This annual bicycling event raises funds for the Macon County Conservation Foundation, supporting local wildlife and natural areas. Register to ride your bicycle, or join community members in sponsoring Prairie Pedal!

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Sep 27, 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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October

Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Oct 1, 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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Preschool Peepers: Vintage Toys and Games
Preschool Peepers: Vintage Toys and Games
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What toys did children play with in the 1800s? Try your hand at games like graces, jacks, ring-toss, and more. Register online.

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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Oct 3, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 3, 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 4, 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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Archaeology Open House
Archaeology Open House
Sunday, Oct 4, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Stop by to discover the treasures found beneath the Trobaugh-Good house during recent repairs to the 1860s-era farmhouse’s foundation, then try sifting for more!

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Chipping Squirrels
Chipping Squirrels
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will glimpse acrobatic squirrels and learn about their habitat through song, fur, footprints, and a playful game. Register online.

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Chipping Squirrels
Chipping Squirrels
Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will glimpse acrobatic squirrels and learn about their habitat through song, fur, footprints, and a playful game. Register online.

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Nature Day Camp: Changing Seasons
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Itching to get outside after being home? Children ages 6-12 are invited to join a naturalist for a day of fun-filled themed days. Register online.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 10, 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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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Oct 11, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 11, 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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Bird Migration Hike
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 | 10:00 am
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist on a hike to see what birds are moving through the forest. Register online.

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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 17, 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 18, 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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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Nighttime Owls
Nighttime Owls
Tuesday, Oct 20, 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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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
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, 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

Barn Colony Artists Exhibit
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

North Gallery
Discover works in watercolor, pastels, oil, and mixed media depicting subjects from nature to portraits by talented artists in our community.

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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
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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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