Programs & Activities

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

January

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Jan 15, 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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Majestic Eagles Mini Camp
Majestic Eagles Mini Camp
Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will explore how eagles live, what they eat, and where they sleep. Register online.

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Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold
Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a short hike outside to discover a winter wonderland, then go inside to learn about freezing temperatures, do a craft, and paint with ice. Free. Register online.

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Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Jan 20, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Pere Marquette State Park Eagle Trip
Pere Marquette State Park Eagle Trip
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit this state park and venture through river bluffs and woods to get an up-close look at wintering bald eagles along the Mississippi River and lower Illinois River. Register online.

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Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 | 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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Native American Games and Lifestyles
Native American Games and Lifestyles
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 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 culture, lifestyle, and experience the skill-building games they played. Free. Register online.

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Story Time: Winter Lore
Story Time: Winter Lore
Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Old Man Winter has made his way back to central Illinois! Join a naturalist as we read Native American stories about winter. Free. Register online.

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February

Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Eagle Viewing Trip at Starved Rock State Park
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a trip to this popular state park to look for wintering eagles, check out the visitor’s center, and even visit the lock and dam museum. Register online.

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Hands-on History: Newspapers in the 1800s
Hands-on History: Newspapers in the 1800s
Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Explore what a typical Central Illinois newspaper was like before the Civil War.

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

Enjoy music played by Cross Country Classics. Free.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 | 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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Predators of the Prairie
Predators of the Prairie
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 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! Free. Register online.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 | 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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Sleepy Groundhogs Mini Camp
Sleepy Groundhogs Mini Camp
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover why groundhogs have their own holiday. Register online.

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Sleepy Groundhogs Mini Camp
Sleepy Groundhogs Mini Camp
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 1-5 will discover why groundhogs have their own holiday. Register online.

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Trip to Cahokia Mounds
Trip to Cahokia Mounds
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel back in time as you learn about ancient Native Americans as you tour the Mounds and Interpretive Center exhibits. Register online.

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Maple Syrup Programs
Maple Syrup Programs
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn how sap becomes syrup, why spring is the best time of year to harvest sap, and how people used sap throughout history. Held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Register online by February 14.

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Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Decatur Audubon Society Meeting
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL
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Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers
Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children ages 3-5 will learn about native woodpeckers, then make a woodpecker craft to take home. Free. Register online.

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Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
Monday, Feb 17, 2020 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

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

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Feb 19, 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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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 | 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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Owl Prowls
Owl Prowls
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Join us 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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Shape-Note Singing
Shape-Note Singing
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 | 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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Trip to Dickson Mounds and Emiquon Preserve
Trip to Dickson Mounds and Emiquon Preserve
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Travel with us to Lewistown, IL for a natural and cultural history road trip. Experience Native American exhibits at Dickson Mounds, then visit Emiquon Preserve. Register online.

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Leap Day Nature Walk
Leap Day Nature Walk
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Take a hike through a quiet winter woodland as we observe an event that only happens once every four years: Leap Day! Free. Register online.

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