Macon County Conservation District

Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708
[email protected]

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Featured & Upcoming Events at Macon County Conservation District

Astronomy Jamboree

Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hummingbird Festival

Thursday, August 25, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Prairie Pedal

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 6:30 am - 2:00 pm

Taste of History

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Macon County Conservation District Areas

View More Information About Rock Springs Conservation Area
View More Information About Rock Springs Nature Center
View More Information About Friends Creek Conservation Area
View More Information About Griswold Conservation Area
View More Information About Sand Creek Conservation Area
View More Information About Fort Daniel Conservation Area

News & Announcements

Fort Daniel Conservation Area Temporarily Closed

Fort Daniel Conservation Area will be temporarily closed Thursday, August 18, reopening in the morning of Saturday, August 20.  Thank you for your patience as we have the park driveway seal coated.

Friends Creek Campground reservations are now online!

Reservations for the Friends Creek Campground can be made online by clicking here. The new system will provide a smooth and efficient reservation process for campers. In addition to this update, many other improvements have been made at Friends Creek Campground that we are eager to share with you!

Trail Conditions

All trails are currently open.  For Sand Creek trail availability, you may also call the Sand Creek Trail Conditions Hotline at (217) 421-7493.

Conservation Area Hours

Conservation Areas are open 7am to sunset, every day of the year (pending "Trail Conditions" above). Pets are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

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Fort Daniel will be temporarily closed, beginning this morning and reopening Saturday morning, allowing the park driveway to be seal coated.

Is hiking around Fort Daniel your regular outdoor destination? Now is a great time to check out our other scenic properties: Rock Springs, Sand Creek, Friends Creek and Griswold Conservation Areas.

Share pics from your hikes with us!
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Fort Daniel will be temporarily closed, beginning this morning and reopening Saturday morning, allowing the park driveway to be seal coated.  

Is hiking around Fort Daniel your regular outdoor destination?  Now is a great time to check out our other scenic properties:  Rock Springs, Sand Creek, Friends Creek and Griswold Conservation Areas.   

Share pics from your hikes with us!Image attachment

Do you play the dulcimer? Perhaps you are looking for a dulcimer group to play with, or just want to enjoy the music. Don't miss the Dulcimer Club this Saturday, August 20, performing from 10am-12pm. Meet inside of the Rock Springs Nature Center. ... See MoreSee Less

Do you play the dulcimer?  Perhaps you are looking for a dulcimer group to play with, or just want to enjoy the music.  Dont miss the Dulcimer Club this Saturday, August 20, performing from 10am-12pm.  Meet inside of the Rock Springs Nature Center.

Did you know that we can do an educational program at your location or one of ours? 🍂

If you are an educator, activity director, homeschool parent, scout leader, or anyone that might enjoy a nature- or history-related program, we want to work with you! We offer a variety of programs on topics from insects, owls, seeds, and skeletons, to 1860s farm life, as well as hikes and other interactive programs for people of all ages.

Most of our programs can be adapted to different age levels and can be held in your classroom or venue, or at one of our Conservation Areas throughout the county. If you're thinking of a topic that isn't listed in our program guide, we can work with you to create something custom as well!

We do charge a small fee depending on where the program is being held. If you are an educator, a grant opportunity is available thanks to the generosity of the Decatur Audubon Society.

For any questions regarding scheduling, grant opportunities, or any other programming needs, please contact Alysia at (217) 423-7708 or [email protected]

We look forward to working with you!

Link to our Educator’s Guide: bit.ly/3dzFG8h
Link to Information about Audubon Funding: bit.ly/3C87sCM
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Did you know that we can do an educational program at your location or one of ours? 🍂

If you are an educator, activity director, homeschool parent, scout leader, or anyone that might enjoy a nature- or history-related program, we want to work with you! We offer a variety of programs on topics from insects, owls, seeds, and skeletons, to 1860s farm life, as well as hikes and other interactive programs for people of all ages.

Most of our programs can be adapted to different age levels and can be held in your classroom or venue, or at one of our Conservation Areas throughout the county. If youre thinking of a topic that isnt listed in our program guide, we can work with you to create something custom as well!

We do charge a small fee depending on where the program is being held. If you are an educator, a grant opportunity is available thanks to the generosity of the Decatur Audubon Society.

For any questions regarding scheduling, grant opportunities, or any other programming needs, please contact Alysia at (217) 423-7708 or ACallison@MaconCountyConservation.org.

We look forward to working with you!

Link to our Educator’s Guide: https://bit.ly/3dzFG8h 
Link to Information about Audubon Funding: https://bit.ly/3C87sCM

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Im interested in a in seeing the cost and types of in class programs available, this is for a local homeschool group. I didn't see alot about programs that come to your classroom in the link, could you tell me more?

Shanna Faulkenberry it’s the girls ☺️

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Take me out to the ball game!

Cheer on your home team, the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, this Saturday at the BeautifulTrobaughField, located across from the main entrance to Rock Springs Conservation Area, next to the Rodney T. Miller Wetland. The Douglas Cup Tournament kicks off at 10:30am, with the Squirrels hosting the Voles, Grinders and the Perfectos/St Charles Explorers (aka the Expectos).

Bring a lawn chair and take in a game of vintage base ball, following authentic rules from 1858.
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Take me out to the ball game!

Cheer on your home team, the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, this Saturday at the BeautifulTrobaughField, located across from the main entrance to Rock Springs Conservation Area, next to the Rodney T. Miller Wetland.  The Douglas Cup Tournament kicks off at 10:30am, with the Squirrels hosting the Voles, Grinders and the Perfectos/St Charles Explorers (aka the Expectos).

Bring a lawn chair and take in a game of vintage base ball, following authentic rules from 1858.

Bring your preschooler to learn about animals that live in ponds as we venture outside to try to catch some! Dress prepared to potentially get dirty.

This Preschool Peepers event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register online by August 19.

www.maconcountyconservation.org/events/preschool-peepers-pond-life/
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Bring your preschooler to learn about animals that live in ponds as we venture outside to try to catch some!  Dress prepared to potentially get dirty.  

This Preschool Peepers event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register online by August 19.  

https://www.maconcountyconservation.org/events/preschool-peepers-pond-life/
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Upcoming Events

Macon County Conservation District in Macon County, Illinois

The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.

Macon County Conservation District is your entryway to more than 3,600 acres of nature, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. Hiking and bird watching are just some of the activities you can enjoy at Macon County conservation areas.  Visit Rock Springs Nature Center to experience exhibits, live animals, or nature center events offered year-round.

Browse all Programs & Events to find out what’s happening throughout your Macon County Conservation District.

Our Mission

To promote the conservation of natural and cultural resources by acquiring, maintaining, and restoring natural areas and cultural sites so as to leave them unimpaired for future generations.

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