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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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The Rock Springs-Fairview Bike Trail is open. Enjoy! ...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sangamon River Clean Up and Festival of Spring scheduled for Saturday, April 25th are cancelled.

We encourage you to celebrate Earth Day, in a small group, in the great outdoors. Conservation areas remain open for nature exploration: MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-area
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sangamon River Clean Up and Festival of Spring scheduled for Saturday, April 25th are cancelled.

We encourage you to celebrate Earth Day, in a small group, in the great outdoors.  Conservation areas remain open for nature exploration: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/conservation-areaImage attachment

Mini Camp Activity: In spring we often see clouds in the sky and rain showers. Sometimes, we might even glimpse bright lightening, or hear loud thunder. Look and listen later this week: You might get to see or hear some rain! Can you build or draw a rainstorm picture like Miss Jenny's here? Get creative, and share your pictures below. ...

Mini Camp Activity: In spring we often see clouds in the sky and rain showers.  Sometimes, we might even glimpse bright lightening, or hear loud thunder.  Look and listen later this week: You might get to see or hear some rain!  Can you build or draw a rainstorm picture like Miss Jennys here?  Get creative, and share your pictures below.
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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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