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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by following the Apollo 11 Mission in "real time" with audio and images at apolloinrealtime.org/11/ (produced by NASA). Learn more about the natural world beyond our planet by viewing the Perseid Meteor Show at Griswold Conservation Area on August 10: maconcountyconservation.org/events/perseid-meteor-shower Or take a look through telescopes at the annual Astronomy Jamboree, August 24: maconcountyconservation.org/events/astronomy-jamboree-2019 Both programs are free.Follow the mission at apolloinrealtime.org/11/
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by following the Apollo 11 Mission in real time with audio and images at https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/  (produced by NASA). Learn more about the natural world beyond our planet by viewing the Perseid Meteor Show at Griswold Conservation Area on August 10: https://maconcountyconservation.org/events/perseid-meteor-shower  Or take a look through telescopes at the annual Astronomy Jamboree, August 24: https://maconcountyconservation.org/events/astronomy-jamboree-2019  Both programs are free.

We're looking for a part time custodian for Rock Springs Nature Center. If you or someone you know is interested, submit an application by Friday, August 2: MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/job-opportunities ...

Were looking for a part time custodian for Rock Springs Nature Center.  If you or someone you know is interested, submit an application by Friday, August 2: https://MaconCountyConservation.org/get-involved/job-opportunities

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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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