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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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Restoration in Progress

November 16, 2022|

If you have visited Griswold or Fort Daniel Conservation Areas recently, you may have noticed some changes. The Conservation District is currently working on major restorations at each site. While these restoration projects may look unsightly in the beginning, over time they will develop into beautiful prairies, savannas, and wetlands.

A Natural Partnership

November 16, 2022|

For over a decade, Dr. David Horn’s biology classes at Millikin University have assisted the Macon County Conservation District with various natural resources projects, totaling well over 1,000 volunteer hours. This partnership with Millikin has been important for both the students and MCCD.

An Oak in Time

August 29, 2022|

As a wildlife professional for a number of years, I have come to appreciate the enormity and the greatness of big oaks that can be found in the forests and savannas throughout Illinois. Many of these giants have been standing silently witnessing the changes in seasons, crop rotations, and man’s technology...

1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

October 30, 2017|

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 . . .