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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:

Prairie Islander

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🎡Festival, fair, and farmers market season is in full swing! Dont forget that we have a traveling MCCD info booth/tent that we can bring to your outdoor/indoor event or business! You can message us on here or email our Marketing Specialist, Ashton Nunn, at ANunn@MaconCountyConservation.org

🎡Festival, fair, and farmers market season is in full swing! Don't forget that we have a traveling MCCD info booth/tent that we can bring to your outdoor/indoor event or business! You can message us on here or email our Marketing Specialist, Ashton Nunn, at [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less

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Our church (Temple Baptist Church on Mound road) is planning on having a bow/crossbow shooting competition pre deer season in the church parking lot. This would be a great addition. Hope to be in contact soon!

Megan Zeitler

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Heres a concert photo dump from our last two Summer Concert Series shows with Positively 4th Street and Celtic Whistle! We still have four more shows left in our concert series for the summer, we would love for you to join us for them! You can check out the lineup on our website at: https://www.maconcountyconservation.org/summer-concert-series-at-rock-springs/

Here's a concert photo dump from our last two Summer Concert Series shows with Positively 4th Street and Celtic Whistle! We still have four more shows left in our concert series for the summer, we would love for you to join us for them! You can check out the lineup on our website at: www.maconcountyconservation.org/summer-concert-series-at-rock-springs/ ... See MoreSee Less

🐝Happy Pollinator Week!🐞 From June 17-23, we celebrate our native pollinators and all they do for our ecosystem. 🪰You can join in the celebration by planting native plants!🦋 More native plants will attract more native pollinator species to your yard, which will in turn attract more birds that feed on those pollinators!🐛

🐝Happy Pollinator Week!🐞 From June 17-23, we celebrate our native pollinators and all they do for our ecosystem. 🪰You can join in the celebration by planting native plants!🦋 More native plants will attract more native pollinator species to your yard, which will in turn attract more birds that feed on those pollinators!🐛 ... See MoreSee Less

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2024’s Summer Soundtrack

May 13, 2024|

The rhythmic chirping of crickets, the drone of bees buzzing between flowers – these are the sounds people associate with summer. But get ready for a…loud twist this year, because in certain parts of the United States, a far more amplified chorus is about to emerge from the ground.

Trading Tractors for Tadpoles

February 15, 2024|

During the summer of 2023, we took on the task of constructing three wetlands at two District locations. Fort Daniel Conservation Area, located east of Mt. Zion, is where one of the wetlands was constructed, and the other two at Friends Creek Conservation Area, located in the northern portion of Macon County near Cisco. This is one of the largest earthmoving projects the District has done in-house; every member of the Operations staff had a role in this construction project.

Beyond Brick & Mortar: Building the Future of Education with Open Walls & Open Minds

February 15, 2024|

In 2023, we applied for - and received - a grant from the IDNR to construct an indoor-outdoor classroom in the lower level of the Rock Springs Nature Center. This project will focus on increasing our programming space at the Nature Center by constructing additional indoor and outdoor learning facilities and structures.

Let Them Be Wild

November 20, 2023|

We understand more than most that baby animals are downright adorable, but is it ever a good idea to take an animal from the wild to keep as a pet? The answer to that would be, no. No matter how cute a wild animal is, removing them from their home in the wild to bring in and attempt to keep them as a domestic animal is never advisable for many reasons.

Giving Tuesday

November 2, 2023|

Giving Back This Giving Tuesday Giving a little helps a lot. On Giving Tuesday, people all around the world do their part to give back! This year, we're asking for your support to help us protect and conserve the natural resources of our community. Your donations will help us to: Restore native habitats Purchase native seeds and plants Educate the public on the importance of conservation The Macon County Conservation District is fortunate to have staff who are passionate about what we do here and love getting to educate and inform the public on what it is that we do, [...]