Macon County Conservation District

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

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View More Information About Rock Springs Nature Center
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News & Announcements

Sand Creek Conservation Area Reopened

Sand Creek Conservation Area has reopened. Currently, it is very muddy and Paw Paw Ford and Forest Trail will remained closed this week for repairs.

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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The annual Astronomy Jamboree returns this Saturday! Join us at Friends Creek Conservation Area beginning at 8pm for free music until 8:45 by The Red Wheelbarrows! Make a craft, enter a giveaway, and marvel at the beautiful night sky. We will have our telescope available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one. We will also be roasting hotdogs and making s'mores, so be sure to RSVP by August 19: www.maconcountyconservation.org/events/astronomy-jamboree-2022/ ... See MoreSee Less

The annual Astronomy Jamboree returns this Saturday!  Join us at Friends Creek Conservation Area beginning at 8pm for free music until 8:45 by The Red Wheelbarrows!  Make a craft, enter a giveaway, and marvel at the beautiful night sky.  We will have our telescope available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.  We will also be roasting hotdogs and making smores, so be sure to RSVP by August 19:  https://www.maconcountyconservation.org/events/astronomy-jamboree-2022/

The recent heat has had animals 'splooting' lately, most notably, squirrels. We had a good laugh the other day when this hot raccoon stopped by the Window on Wildlife at Rock Springs Nature Center to 'sploot' in the bird bath 😂

What is splooting? It's the position where an animal lays on its belly and sticks a leg (or all four) out to relax. Learn more about the recent splooting squirrels here: bit.ly/3Qrl2FN

Have you ever seen an animal make this pose? Share your photos below!
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The recent heat has had animals splooting lately, most notably, squirrels.  We had a good laugh the other day when this hot raccoon stopped by the Window on Wildlife at Rock Springs Nature Center to sploot in the bird bath 😂

What is splooting?  Its the position where an animal lays on its belly and sticks a leg (or all four) out to relax.  Learn more about the recent splooting squirrels here: https://bit.ly/3Qrl2FN

Have you ever seen an animal make this pose? Share your photos below!

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My dog Emma randomly sploots when we are taking our walk 😁

I've seen it but never knew there was a term for it!

Classic sploot

Balancing sploot

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Explore some local history this Sunday!

The Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area will be open from 1-4pm for tours, and the Governor Oglesby Mansion will be open from 2-4pm for tours. The Oglesby Mansion is located at 421 W. William Street in Decatur.
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Explore some local history this Sunday!

The Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area will be open from 1-4pm for tours, and the Governor Oglesby Mansion will be open from 2-4pm for tours.  The Oglesby Mansion is located at 421 W. William Street in Decatur.

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I remember working at that drawing horse. Good times!

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Have you participated in our Prairie Pedal before?

Yes? Be sure to register again for this year's event!

No? Join in the fun for this biking fundraiser for natural habitat and wildlife.

Check out our Prairie Pedal page for details: www.maconcountyconservationfoundation.org/prairie-pedal/
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Have you participated in our Prairie Pedal before?  

Yes?  Be sure to register again for this years event!

No?  Join in the fun for this biking fundraiser for natural habitat and wildlife.

Check out our Prairie Pedal page for details: https://www.maconcountyconservationfoundation.org/prairie-pedal/

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Yes last year was my first. Registered for this one.

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It's almost time!

Experience one of our sites under the dazzling stars during the Perseid Meteor Showering Viewing Party at Friends Creek Conservation Area!

Starting at 9pm tonight, we will be making s'mores, stargazing, and there will even be an activity for Animal Crossing series participants.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and kick back and enjoy one of the best meteor showers the northern hemisphere experiences!
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Its almost time!

Experience one of our sites under the dazzling stars during the Perseid Meteor Showering Viewing Party at Friends Creek Conservation Area!  

Starting at 9pm tonight, we will be making smores, stargazing, and there will even be an activity for Animal Crossing series participants.  

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and kick back and enjoy one of the best meteor showers the northern hemisphere experiences!
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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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