Festival of Spring 2021

Celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring with a day of in-person and virtual activities! Families and adults can enjoy naturalist-led hikes at Rock Springs, and children can collect take home activities from local organizations that work to protect water and wildlife.

Watch bird banding and a Birds of Prey show by the Illinois Raptor Center Live on our Facebook page or register for an in-person presentation.

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Oglesby Mansion Open House

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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Bethel School Open House

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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Oglesby Mansion Open House

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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Independence Day 1860

Enjoy an Independence Day celebration 1860s style. Tour Homestead Prairie Farm, watch a vintage rules base ball game, and enjoy a period music concert.

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