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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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Mikayla Jean Art

My time spent as a camp counselor and naturalist at Macon County Conservation District from 2014-2016 continues to inspire my work, like this hummingbird!

This summer, be sure to get outside, whether it's on a trail or in your own backyard.

What's your favorite thing to see or do outdoors?
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I walk the bike trail nearly every day. Each day there is something new to see.

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Enjoy the music of Cactus Ranch at the 5th Annual Rock Springs Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by Stifel Investment Services. ...

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Want to watch the next shows in person? We'd love to see you here! Check our schedule for more information about upcoming shows here: maconcountyconservation.org/summer-concert-series-at-rock-springs/

i use to live on brozio lane back in the 40s 50 60s i am one of the brozios born and raised there

yes i do remember them i am herman and marie brozios daughter linda

Love it! I thought about requesting I'll fly away.

Sing it guys 😊

Love summer concerts!

Are these concerts ones we can attend in person?

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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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