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

Intro to Digital Photography for Wildlife and Nature

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip to Starved Rock for Eagle Viewing

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Intro to Digital Photography for Wildlife and Nature

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Owl Prowl

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 8:00 pm

NEW! Winter Activity Take-Home Kits
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News & Announcements

New! Winter Activity Take-Home Kits

There’s much to explore in winter! Sprinkle some one-on-one family time into your season, whenever it fits your schedule, with fun nature-themed kits designed for children ages 6-12. These pre-packaged kits contain activities, games, and crafts exploring each monthly theme. Kits will need to be picked up from Rock Springs Nature [...]

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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We'll have a District booth set up at the Monticello Mudpuppy Festival this year and we're excited to attend!Become a 2023 Mudpuppy Festival Sponsor! The Mudpuppy Festival will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1:00-4:00 pm. at the Monarch Event Center in Monticello, IL. There will be a wide range of activities for kids, a chance to learn about mudpuppies and the Sangamon River and much more! Over 300 people attended the 2022 Festival!

Benefits of being a sponsor for this event:
• LCF membership throughout 2023
• Event advertising for the event - print, email, website, Facebook
• In addition, all sponsors are providing support for LCFs Sangamon River Corridor Reserve located at the west edge of Monticello – home to the mudpuppy!!!

You can make your payment at LCFs website, landconservationfoundation.org. Click on Donate in the upper right corner. Under How to Give, again click on Donate and fill out the form. Under Comments, include Mudpuppy Festival sponsor. Use this form if mailing your payment to LCF.
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Well have a District booth set up at the Monticello Mudpuppy Festival this year and were excited to attend!

Today is Library Shelfie day! Our staff is staying warm and cozy in our library with some friends and a few good reads on this snowy day. Feel free to take your own library shelfie photos today and share them with us or tag us! ... See MoreSee Less

Today is Library Shelfie day! Our staff is staying warm and cozy in our library with some friends and a few good reads on this snowy day. Feel free to take your own library shelfie photos today and share them with us or tag us!

We know many of you were excited to possibly get the chance to cross-country ski today, but after assessing the snow depth we are unable to rent out skis at this time. We need to have at least 4 inches of good snow and along with it not being deep enough, the snow is also very wet and slushy. But we definitely encourage you to come out and enjoy the beautiful snowy landscapes! Staff hiked around the grounds during the snow assessment and the pine forest is beautiful right now, and a couple of our staff took a quick snow angel break before heading inside!

So no skiing today, but there is still plenty of fun to be had out here! ☃️
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We know many of you were excited to possibly get the chance to cross-country ski today, but after assessing the snow depth we are unable to rent out skis at this time. We need to have at least 4 inches of good snow and along with it not being deep enough, the snow is also very wet and slushy. But we definitely encourage you to come out and enjoy the beautiful snowy landscapes! Staff hiked around the grounds during the snow assessment and the pine forest is beautiful right now, and a couple of our staff took a quick snow angel break before heading inside!

So no skiing today, but there is still plenty of fun to be had out here! ☃️Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Where does one rent the skis when conditions allow?

So they canceled school today because of snow but alas not even 4" fell, so no skiing. Bummer.

Wonder if they’ve ever been able to do cross country skiiing.

So pretty!

Jamie Sharp Just up the road from me

At the nature window today.

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Rocky the Raccoon got into some mischief this weekend and hid candy canes out on the trails! Luckily for us, we had some great helpers come out and assist one of our naturalists in finding them all, and they got to learn some cool raccoon facts along the way! Rocky made several new friends and even got to accompany them on their candy cane hunt. Thank you to everyone who came out to help us round up the treats left by our little rascal!🦝 ... See MoreSee Less

Rocky the Raccoon got into some mischief this weekend and hid candy canes out on the trails! Luckily for us, we had some great helpers come out and assist one of our naturalists in finding them all, and they got to learn some cool raccoon facts along the way! Rocky made several new friends and even got to accompany them on their candy cane hunt. Thank you to everyone who came out to help us round up the treats left by our little rascal!🦝Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment
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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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