Programs & Activities

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

May

Naturalist Chats
Naturalist Chats
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center
Learn about the natural world around you during free, weekly Naturalist Chats on the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center.

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Cross Country Classics
Cross Country Classics
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 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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Canoe the Sangamon
Canoe the Sangamon
Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Paddle a canoe down one of our local waterways, the Sangamon River. All equipment provided. Register online by May 7.

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Bluegrass Music Jam
Bluegrass Music Jam
Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 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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Naturalist Chats
Naturalist Chats
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center
Learn about the natural world around you during free, weekly Naturalist Chats on the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center.

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Bird Banding Open House
Bird Banding Open House
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join the Decatur Audubon Society and Millikin University professor Dr. Travis Wilcoxen for a look at bird banding: the practice of catching wild birds to collect data and place a metal band for identification on their leg.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, May 15, 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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Preschool Peepers: Bluebirds
Preschool Peepers: Bluebirds
Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What’s so special about Eastern bluebirds? Young children are invited to find out by visiting a bluebird nest box, doing a craft, and learning about their natural history. Register online.

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Naturalist Chats
Naturalist Chats
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center
Learn about the natural world around you during free, weekly Naturalist Chats on the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center.

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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 19, 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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Night Hike
Night Hike
Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Griswold Conservation Area, Blue Mound, IL

Explore Griswold Conservation Area in the dark and use your senses to find the way through the woods. Register online by May 21.

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Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Homestead Prairie Farm
Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Homestead Prairie Farm
Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Due to a 2018 project to strengthen the farmhouse’s foundation, dirt that had laid dormant underneath for over 100 years was removed. Sifting the dirt revealed a wide variety of artifacts. Join us to learn more about these discoveries. Register online.

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Shape-Note Singing
Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 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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Naturalist Chats
Naturalist Chats
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center
Learn about the natural world around you during free, weekly Naturalist Chats on the West Lawn of Rock Springs Nature Center.

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Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Homestead Prairie Farm - Virtual Event
Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Homestead Prairie Farm - Virtual Event
Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 6:30 pm
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Due to a 2018 project to strengthen the farmhouse’s foundation, dirt that had laid dormant underneath for over 100 years was removed. Sifting the dirt revealed a wide variety of artifacts. Join us to learn more about these discoveries. Register online.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, May 29, 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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Nighttime Frog Quest
Nighttime Frog Quest
Saturday, May 29, 2021 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Test your frog-finding abilities by searching for as many species of frogs as you can discover! Register online.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, May 30, 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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Wildflower Hike
Wildflower Hike
Sunday, May 30, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Venture into the forests and prairies with a naturalist. We will search for as many species of these beautiful spring delights as we can, including Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and more. Register online.

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Offices Closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 31, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Offices closed for Memorial Day.

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June

Walleye Fishing Trip to Lake Erie
Walleye Fishing Trip to Lake Erie
Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 | All Day
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Join staff on a trip to the Great Lakes to fish for walleye on a charter boat. Register online by June 1.

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