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

Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 | 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 | 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 31, 2021 | 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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Halloween Hike
Halloween Hike
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 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 have inspired some of our spookiest tales. Costumes are welcome. Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 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
Barn Colony Artists
Monday, Nov 1, 2021 - Friday, Dec 31, 2021 | 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
David Castor Photography Exhibit
Monday, Nov 1, 2021 - Friday, Dec 31, 2021 | 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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Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will discover how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds. Children will find out what makes seeds and where we find them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Cool Seeds Mini Camp
Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will discover how nature prepares for winter by creating seeds. Children will find out what makes seeds and where we find them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Teddy Bear Walk and Campfire Stories
Teddy Bear Walk and Campfire Stories
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Bring your favorite stuffed animal as you learn about the changing seasons on the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail, then make s’mores together and listen to stories around a campfire. Register online.

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Nature Center Open, Offices Closed for Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 | 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 13, 2021 | 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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Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Electricity and modern conveniences were not always at our fingertips. 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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Acoustic Music Jam - CANCELLED
Acoustic Music Jam - CANCELLED
Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Acoustic Music Jam is CANCELLED through November.

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Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will look for clues to see what we can learn about them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Turkey Trot Mini Camp
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will look for clues to see what we can learn about them. Register online by noon the day before camp.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 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, Nov 20, 2021 | 6:00 pm
Sand Creek Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Join a naturalist 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: Perfect Pumpkins
Preschool Peepers: Perfect Pumpkins
Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn about these versatile fruits, make a craft with colorful pumpkin seeds, and take a tiny pumpkin home. Register online.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 | 2:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Offices & Nature Center Closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov 25, 2021 | 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 26, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 | 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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Native American Skills and Games
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 | 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, discover the art of beading, and try your hand at 3D archery. Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 | 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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December

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 15, 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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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 | 2:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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