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There’s always something happening at the Macon County Conservation District!  Staff and volunteers work all year round to provide you with educational programs, restore natural areas, and preserve historic sites.  To know what’s going on:

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See mammals native to Illinois, and from around the world in a new temporary exhibit in the North Exhibit Hall in Rock Springs Nature Center. The exhibit will be up through May. Nature Center hours: MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-areas/rock-springs-nature-center ...

See mammals native to Illinois, and from around the world in a new temporary exhibit in the North Exhibit Hall in Rock Springs Nature Center.  The exhibit will be up through May.  Nature Center hours: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-areas/rock-springs-nature-center

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It’s a great exhibit! Make sure you try out the amazing chair.

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Thank you for supporting Macon County's natural areas, wildlife, and historic sites by enjoying the conservation areas and programs, volunteering, following us on Facebook, and much more. Happy Valentine's Day! ...

Thank you for supporting Macon Countys natural areas, wildlife, and historic sites by enjoying the conservation areas and programs, volunteering, following us on Facebook, and much more. Happy Valentines Day!

If you or someone you know is interested in historic sites, or a career in museums, we are accepting applications for a paid, full-time Historic Sites Internship: MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/internship-opportunities. ...

If you or someone you know is interested in historic sites, or a career in museums, we are accepting applications for a paid, full-time Historic Sites Internship: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/internship-opportunities.

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It’s Decatur but I can pass this on to other people

Angie Marie. I think you were asking for something a while back for your pops?....

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1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

Mary Morrow was on a roll with pumpkin rolling Sunday afternoon at the Rock Springs Conservation Area’s Fall Harvest Festival.  Competing against several other kids on a downhill slope outside the Nature Center building, Mary stood out before the race got going because she was dressed in period 1880s clothing . . .

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Healthy Burn for Prairie

Prairie used to cover most of Illinois. Fires occurred routinely and naturally, which rejuvenated the prairie grasses and maintained their health, said Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center manager. The Macon County Conservation District has used prescribed burns since 1978 to restore conservation areas for several reasons . . .

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