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

Decatur’s Five Civil War Generals
Sunday, Jul 31, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Five Civil War generals called Decatur their home, including Governor Richard J. Oglesby. These men varied widely in age, background, military experience, fame, and their postwar lives. Learn the public histories and personal stories of these five remarkable men.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Sunday, Jul 31, 2022 | 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

Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 | 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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Decatur’s Five Civil War Generals
Thursday, Aug 4, 2022 | 6:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Five Civil War generals called Decatur their home, including Governor Richard J. Oglesby. These men varied widely in age, background, military experience, fame, and their postwar lives. Learn the public histories and personal stories of these five remarkable men.

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Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 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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Teddy Bear Walk and Campfire Stories
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Bring your favorite stuffed animal as we take a walk on the Rock Springs-Fairview Bike trail, then make s’mores together and listen to stories to celebrate Campfire Day. Register online by August 5.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 7, 2022 | 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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Rock Springs Concert Series: Seth Cocquit
Sunday, Aug 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

The Summer Concert Series, with our co-sponsor Stifel Investment Services, will wrap up on August 7 with Seth Cocquit of Harvest Sons.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 | 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
Friday, Aug 12, 2022 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Canoe Rental
Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur, IL

Enjoy an easy canoe ride on the Cattail Pond at Rock Springs Conservation Area. While this is perfect for beginners, canoers of any skill level are welcome!

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 | 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
Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 | 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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Acoustic Music Jam
Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Acoustic Music Jam at Rock Springs Nature Center 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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The ABCs of Bees
Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn all about native bees in this program from Master Naturalist Susan Shaw, then make a mason bee house to take home. Register online by August 13.

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Van Trip to St. Louis Zoo
Monday, Aug 15, 2022 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

Observe wildlife from around the globe, including cheetahs, hippos, and sea lions. Register online by August 12.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 | 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 17, 2022 | 5:30 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Macon County Conservation District Board Meeting at Rock Springs Nature Center

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Douglas Cup Tournament
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | All Day
BeautifulTrobaughField, Decatur, IL

Join us for the national pastime: base ball! Cheer for your home team, the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, in this annual vintage base ball tournament, played with authentic 1858 rules.

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Dulcimer Club
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | 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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Astronomy Jamboree
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Enjoy a free concert from 8-8:45pm, create a craft to take home, enter a giveaway, and view the stars and visible planets. Register online by August 19.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 | 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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Preschool Peepers: Pond Life
Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

What kinds of animals can you find in a pond? Dress to get dirty as we learn about life in the pond, then go outside and use nets to catch some critters. Register online by August 19.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 | 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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Hummingbird Festival
Thursday, Aug 25, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Learn all about hummingbirds. Watch as we capture, band, and release wild birds. Co-sponsored by Decatur Audubon.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Aug 27, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Aug 27, 2022 | 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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Ragdoll Workshop
Saturday, Aug 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur, IL

Rag dolls are one of the most popular forms of children’s toys throughout history. Create and personalize your own old-fashioned rag doll. Register online by August 26.

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Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Sunday, Aug 28, 2022 | 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
Sunday, Aug 28, 2022 | 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.

Read More

Oglesby Mansion Open House
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 | 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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September

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House
Saturday, Sep 3, 2022 | 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
Sunday, Sep 4, 2022 | 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
Saturday, Sep 10, 2022 | 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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