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

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 | 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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Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festival
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Celebrate fall with fall-themed activities including archery, a straw maze, wagon rides, homestead tours, live animals, temporary tattoos, and more.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 | 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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November

Barn Colony Artists Exhibit
Friday, Nov 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | 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
Friday, Nov 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 | 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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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 | 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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Fall Photography Workshop
Fall Photography Workshop
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn how to photograph the changing fall colors and scenery at Rock Springs with the Decatur Camera Club. Register online by November 1.

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"Fall Back" Daylight Savings Hike
"Fall Back" Daylight Savings Hike
Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Treat yourself and your family to a relaxing, naturalist-guided hike through Sand Creek Conservation Area. Register online by November 1.

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Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover the world of owls and owlets through our senses and movement. Register Online.

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Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Hooting Owls Mini Camp
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover the world of owls and owlets through our senses and movement. Register Online.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 | 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, Nov 9, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

All equipment is provided for this leisurely exploration of the Sangamon River. Pre-registration required.

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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 | 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.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 | 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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Nature Center Open, Offices Closed for Veterans Day
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Our offices will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 | 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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Sounds of the Prairie
Sounds of the Prairie
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about sound by listening to and identifying sounds in a prairie habitat. Register online by November 15.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Flower Power Story Time - Goldenrod
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist as we read stories about nature and wildlife, then take a short hike. Learn about goldenrod in November.

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Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will shine light onto the secrets of the moon and what animals venture out at night. Register Online.

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Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Glowing Moon Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will shine light onto the secrets of the moon and what animals venture out at night. Register Online.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Trip to the Chicago Field Museum
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Ride along to the Windy City to visit this immersive museum and learn about natural and cultural history, from the largest dinosaur that ever lived to the smallest crawling insect. Register online by November 20.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 | 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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Shape-Note Singing
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 | 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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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 | 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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Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Preschool Peepers: Talking Turkeys
Preschool Peepers: Talking Turkeys
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about the life of a wild turkey and make a turkey craft to take home. Register online by November 29.

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December

Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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