Programs & Activities

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

July

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jul 18, 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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Preschool Peepers: Fruits and Veggies
Preschool Peepers: Fruits and Veggies
Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, IL

Where did people get their food from in the 1800s? Learn about growing your own food, tour an heirloom garden, and take some seeds home to plant. Register online by July 16.

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Honk & Quack Mini Camp
Honk & Quack Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will investigate the watery world of ducks and geese through role-play, stories, and outdoor exploration. Register online by July 19.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 21, 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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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Jul 21, 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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Honk & Quack Mini Camp
Honk & Quack Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will investigate the watery world of ducks and geese through role-play, stories, and outdoor exploration. Register online by July 21.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 24, 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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Bats in the Barn
Bats in the Barn
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Determine fact from fiction in this two-hour program about nature’s only flying mammal. Register online by July 23.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Jul 25, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Jul 25, 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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Summer Prairie Hike
Summer Prairie Hike
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Take a hike through one of our restored prairies and learn about the plants and animals within, and their relationship with this special habitat. Register online by July 23.

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Rock Springs Concert Series: Bones Jugs
Rock Springs Concert Series: Bones Jugs
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Summer Concert Series, with our co-sponsor Stifel Investment Services, welcomes Bones Jugs, offering up eclectic Americana and folk music. Please register to attend in person or see it virtually on our Facebook page. Learn more.

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Spinning Spiders Mini Camp
Spinning Spiders Mini Camp
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021 | 9:30 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will check out what it would be like to be a spider for a day as we weave a web and catch our prey. Register online by July 26.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Jul 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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Spinning Spiders Mini Camp
Spinning Spiders Mini Camp
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021 | 10:00 am
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Children (ages 1-5 with an adult buddy) will check out what it would be like to be a spider for a day as we weave a web and catch our prey. Register online by July 28.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Jul 31, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Jul 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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August

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 1, 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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Rock Springs Concert Series: Cross Country Classics
Rock Springs Concert Series: Cross Country Classics
Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Summer Concert Series, with our co-sponsor Stifel Investment Services, wraps up on August 1 with Cross Country Classics playing gospel and country tunes. Please register to attend in person or see it virtually on our Facebook page. Learn more.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 4, 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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Cross Country Classics - CANCELLED
Cross Country Classics - CANCELLED
Thursday, Aug 5, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This Cross Country Classics concert is Cancelled.

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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Aug 7, 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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Bethel School Open House
Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 | 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, Aug 7, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Aug 7, 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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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 8, 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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Open Music Jam - CANCELLED
Open Music Jam - CANCELLED
Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

This Music Jam session is cancelled.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 11, 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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Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid Meteor Shower
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 | 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Experience the Perseid Meteor Shower at its peak, make s’mores, and enjoy a truly dark sky. Register online by August 11.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 14, 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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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Saturday, Aug 14, 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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Mystical Moths
Mystical Moths
Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Visit Rock Springs after the sun goes down and learn about these nocturnal pollinators. Register online by August 13.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 15, 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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Preschool Peepers: Slithering Snakes
Preschool Peepers: Slithering Snakes
Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Get to know these misunderstood creatures by meeting a real one, making a pipe cleaner snake, and going outside and to search for some. Register online by August 13.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 18, 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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Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, Aug 18, 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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Dulcimer Club
Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Aug 21, 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, Aug 21, 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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