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Reminder: Join us at the Rock Springs Nature Center at 10 am today for a Naturalist Chat!

Last week we talked about rocks and minerals!
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Reminder: Join us at the Rock Springs Nature Center at 10 am today for a Naturalist Chat!

Last week we talked about rocks and minerals!

Saturday's Night Hike and Sunday's Preschool Peepers events have both been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope to see you at future events! ... See MoreSee Less

The Eastern Tiger Salamander is the state amphibian of Illinois, but you may have difficulty seeing one in the wild because they are nocturnal and spend much of their time in underground burrows.
Our resident Eastern Tiger Salamander at the Nature Center has decided to enjoy a little soak today!
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The Eastern Tiger Salamander is the state amphibian of Illinois, but you may have difficulty seeing one in the wild because they are nocturnal and spend much of their time in underground burrows.
Our resident Eastern Tiger Salamander at the Nature Center has decided to enjoy a little soak today!
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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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